Date Posted: May 7th, 2012
In dozens of countries around the world, radio stations are censored, fined, or simply don’t have a licence to broadcast legally, while journalists and radio directors are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.
World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every year on May 3. This year’s theme is “New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies”. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) is pushing for community radios across the globe to be able to develop and to work in a secure economic and judicial environment.
To ensure these rights, AMARC was officially granted recognition as a UNESCO associate member in April 2012. This means that community radio producers and broadcasters are acknowledged and recognized as journalists and added to the list of journalists to be protected by the United Nations.
To read AMARC’s World Press Freedom Day statement, click here: http://www2.amarc.org/?q=node/442