Workshop organized on‘Raising Public Accountability through Community Radios’

on Thursday, 19 October 2017 08:14. Posted in News from the region

WACC WS 5 7June2017 17June 2017, Kathmandu: Thirty community radio broadcasters selected from districts affected by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal learnt about disaster management communication, hazard, vulnerabilities, public accountability and media, and the relation between media and humanitarian organizations at a capacity building training workshop organized by AMARC Asia-Paci c with the support of World Association of Christian Communication (WACC).

The five-day training workshop was titled “Community Radios Intervening on Behalf of Earthquake A ected Communities” and was held in June 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Introductory CLP workshop for Nepali CR broadcasters

on Thursday, 19 October 2017 08:11. Posted in ComdevAsia News

CLP WS by Anushi 1May 17 3May 2017, Kathmandu: Anushi Agrawal of MARAA, India held a day long introduc- tory workshop on Community Learning Program (CLP) for representatives of commu- nity radio stations in Nepal.  The workshop was held in Kathmandu in May 2017. It covered a general introduction of the CLP process and ways in which it could be used in the Nepali context.

AMARC Asia-Pacific coordinates community radio study tour by Bhutanese community broadcasters

on Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:36. Posted in ComdevAsia News

Nepal tour by Bhutan CR  June 17 1June 2017, Kathmandu: A team of seven community radio broadcasters led by representatives of the Tarayana Foundation and Read Bhutan visited community radios in Nepal in an observation tour.  ey visited radio stations that di ered in terms of location, thematic focus areas, management and ownership structures, and participation. Thee team was mainly interested in learning about sustainability of community radio stations and participation of local community members. The community radio sector in Bhutan is only a few years old and it is trying to learn from good practices of community radio in di erent parts of the Asia-Paci c region. Last year, AMARC Asia-Paci c coordinated a similar visit by Bhutanese policy makers and community broadcasters to Indonesia.

PIL on FM Radio: Government Reply Sought

on Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:35. Posted in ComdevAsia News

July 2017, India: A public interest litigation (PIL) was led by Common Cause seeking the quashing of the unreasonable provisions in the policy guide- lines and grant of permission agreements of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting of Government of India which pro- hibit the broadcast of news and current a airs content on FM and community radio stations.

On January 12, 2017, counsel for Union of India (UOI) sought time to le the counter a davit. On February 14, 2017, the Court observed that the UOI’s counter a davit highlighted the gradual progress of the policy guidelines in this regard. e counter af- davit contended that the revised guidelines permitted com- munity and FM radio stations to broadcast news and current a airs sourced exclusively from the All India Radio, in its original form or translated into a local language/dialect. The Court, however felt that the government should consider extending the content of news and current af- fairs which was already in public domain. The Court granted six weeks to the govt. counsel to obtain instructions. This matter was posted for hearing on April 5, 2017.

Common Cause in 2013 had led a petition seeking the quashing of the provisions of the Policy Guidelines and of the Grant of Permission Agreements framed by the Government which prohibited private FM Radio and Community Radio stations from broadcasting their own news and current a airs programs on the same footing as television and print media.

(Reproduced with permission from Common Cause, http:// www.commoncause.in/)