Friday, 21 November 2008

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2501

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Topics in this digest:

1. WEBCAST: Greatest Canadian Media Failure of the Century: Reporting o
From: George Lessard

2. PANOS RADIO SOUTH ASIA's Latest Panoscope Issue, 21 November 2008
From: Satish Jung Shahi

3. 25 Anniversary of AMARC Declaration - Declaration 25 Aniversario de
From: Salvatore Scifo

4. Hour: Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!
From: Stefan Christoff

1. WEBCAST: Greatest Canadian Media Failure of the Century: Reporting o
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:26 pm ((PST))

CJF launched its programming season in Toronto on Oct. 15 with a panel
discussion on The Greatest Canadian Media Failure of the Century:
Reporting on Aboriginal Issues. The event provided both mainstream media
and Aboriginal representatives a chance to hear each other out.

There have been some excellent special reports, stunning revelations and
no shortage of accusations on the media's part. So why does coverage
invariably stop after a flurry of reports on a single issue? Where's the
follow-up, the demand for accountability and sustainable change? Our
expert panel takes on this topic.

Moderator: Sally Armstong with Panel: Kimberly Murray, Peter Edwards & Dan

If you missed either of these events, you can link to the reports from our
The Oct. 15 event is also viewable as a webcast.

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2. PANOS RADIO SOUTH ASIA's Latest Panoscope Issue, 21 November 2008
Posted by: "Satish Jung Shahi" sjshahi
Date: Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:32 pm ((PST))


Panos Radio South Asia | Latest Panoscope Issue, 21 November 2008
Latest Upload on Panoscope:

In this edition of Panoscope, we are in Bagh, 200 kilometers from Pakistans capital Islamabad to follow the rehabilitation work after the devastating October 2005 earthquake. Three long years have passed; but the people affected are still a shaken lot.
Country: Pakistan
Upload Date: 21/11/2008

Duration: 15:00

File Size: 13.7 MB


Panoscope is an independent production of Panos Radio South Asia. We're committed to providing a forum for voices, views, and issues not often heard in the mainstream media. Non-profit media, development and other organizations can download Panoscope radio magazine free of cost for air or online use. Credit should be given to Panos Radio South Asia (PRSA) an undertaking of Panos South Asia. If you have suggestions for future programs please contact us at:

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3. 25 Anniversary of AMARC Declaration - Declaration 25 Aniversario de
Posted by: "Salvatore Scifo" salvatorescifo
Date: Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:50 am ((PST))

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>Subject: 25 Anniversary of AMARC Declaration - Declaration 25 Aniversario de AMARC - Déclaration 25ème anniversaire de l'AMARC

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>The AMARC 25th Anniversary Declaration – The Montreal Declaration
>In August 1983, community radio broadcasters and community media
>advocates gathered here in Montreal to establish the World Association
>of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC).
>Today, 25 years on, we are here again in Montreal, representing a global
>movement of radio producers, communication rights activists, academics,
>researchers, NGO practitioners, women and men working together to create
>a more just and humane world through communications and specifically
>through community radio.
>The world has changed in 25 years, and not always for the better. New
>information and communication technologies have helped the development
>of community radio but we face the challenge of building a human rights
>based information society. The expansion of transnational corporate
>media conglomerates and the concentration of ownership threatens
>pluralism and diversity of media contents. New challenges such as the
>environment and climate change accompany social exclusion, poverty, food
>insecurity, access to clean water and democracy building. The world is
>confronted with a global financial crisis and a crisis of the neoliberal
>globalization that will increase social inequalities and the distance
>between the rich and the poor.
>We are here not only to celebrate what we have achieved in the last 25
>years but to deliberate and reflect on our political strategies for the
>future. Radio remains extremely crucial and important in the world
>today. AMARC has grown to a network of thousands of community radios
>representing a distinct and dynamic community radio sector advocating
>for communication rights in more than 118 countries and facing the new
>challenges of the 21st century. Nonetheless, the absence of legal
>recognition by governments in many parts of the world and sustainability
>issues still hinder community radio's potential contribution.
>One role for AMARC will definitely remain: AMARC will continue to be a
>space where people—women and men, young and old, with different needs
>and abilities, from different political persuasions, religions, sexual
>orientation, social class, castes and ethnicity—can articulate their
>views, listen to others and dialogue with each other. It will continue
>to be a gathering place, a venue for open debates on human rights,
>gender equality, peace, armed conflict, and a broad range of issues
>relevant to undeserved and underrepresented communities. Issues that
>otherwise will not find space in corporate and government-run media.
>On our 25th anniversary, we reaffirm our commitment to reach out to more
>people around the world in local communities to encourage more diverse
>expressions to come together and promote ideals of freedom, democracy,
>equality, justice and peace.
>We thank the city and people of Montreal, the home of our international
>secretariat and where we held our International Symposium on Empowerment
>and Development through Community Radios. The symposium allowed us to
>analyze and reflect on community radio's role in creating an environment
>where people's empowerment and people-oriented development takes
>precedence over the political and business interests of the few. It has
>also provided us an opportunity to exchange views and ideas on how to
>increase community radio's effectiveness as an instrument in combating
>poverty, exclusion, intolerance and at the same time as a tool for
>promoting communication rights, human rights, gender equality, good
>governance, transparency, peace and social justice.
>WE, the representatives and members of AMARC from Africa, Asia and the
>Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and North America,
>TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Amman Declaration, ratified by participant
>community radio broadcasters members of AMARC during its 9th General
>Assembly in Amman, Jordan, November 16th 2006.
>TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Joint Declaration on Diversity in Broadcasting
>adopted on 12 December 2007 by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of
>Opinion and Expression, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media,
>the OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the ACHPR
>(African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights) Special Rapporteur on
>Freedom of Expression and Access to Information.
>State Obligations
>That the principles set out in AMARC's Principles on Democratic
>Regulation in Community Broadcasting (May 3, 2008) should be respected
>by governments as appropriate standards in this area. As such, they
>should be integrated into legal and policy frameworks, taking into
>account different cultural and development contexts.
>* States should ensure respect for their international obligations in
>the area of freedom of expression, including in relation to community media.
>* Community broadcasting should be recognized in national laws and
>policies as having distinct characteristics, and community broadcasters
>should be guaranteed fair and equitable access to the radio frequency
>spectrum and other broadcast distribution platforms, including digital
>* Procedures for allocating licences and frequencies to community
>broadcasters should be fair, open and transparent, and the
>implementation of these procedures should be overseen by an independent
>regulatory body.
>* Community broadcasters should have access to a diversity of funding
>sources free of unreasonable restrictions. This may include public funds
>which are administered in a manner that does not compromise their
>* States should take adequate measures to end the climate of impunity,
>and such measures should include devoting sufficient resources and
>attention to preventing attacks of governments and others on
>journalists, community radio stations and independent media and
>newspapers exercising their right to freedom of expression,
>investigating such attacks when they do occur, bringing those
>responsible to justice and compensating victims.
>* States should take appropriate steps to ensure that community radio
>and television broadcasters have access to digital and all new
>technologies to assist them in their work. States should also take the
>steps needed to ensure reasonable and equitable access by community
>broadcasters to satellite radio.
>Community Broadcasters
>We commit ourselves to challenge the dominant negative and stereotypical
>images of women in the media. We reaffirm our commitment that women's
>access to and participation in decision-making in the media should be
>guaranteed at all levels and that producing programs that celebrate
>women's diversity and highlight their contribution to society should be
>We remain committed to addressing the specific needs of children and
>youth both in our programming and through promoting the participation of
>children and youth in the production of community broadcast programming.
>We are committed to supporting the development of community radio in new
>countries and to developing solidarity and lobbying for further
>international and national recognition of community radio's social
>contribution where it is in jeopardy.
>We are committed to enhancing the role of community radio in achieving
>the millenium development goals, conflict resolution, peace building,
>poverty alleviation and confronting disaster management, climate change
>and environment deterioration by reinforcing the links and coordination
>between community radios and NGOs, researchers, civil society movements
>and stakeholders .
>We stress the critical importance of community radio in empowering local
>communities through education, learning knowledge exchange and building
>capacities in communities.
>We stress the role of community radio as a producer of culture, in
>strengthening cultural rights and, in particular, the rights of
>linguistic and cultural minorities. We recognize that community radio
>plays an important role in helping particularly to communicate and in
>protecting francophone culture in Canada.
>We conclude this event by reaffirming our commitment to realize our
>demands in this Declaration and we pledge to continue our work for the
>promotion and protection of people's communication rights and all rights
>embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
>Montreal, 7 November 2008.
>La Declaración del 25o Aniversario de AMARC – La Declaración de Montréal
>En Agosto de 1983, los radialisttas y defensores de los medios de
>comunicación comunitarios se dieron cita en Montreal para organizar la
>Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC).
>Hoy día, 25 años mas tarde, nos encontramos nuevamente en Montreal, en
>representación de un movimiento global de productores de radios
>comunitarias, activistas del derecho a la comunicación, académicos,
>investigadores, de Organismos no-gubernamentales, mujeres y hombres que
>trabajan juntos para crear un mundo más justo y humano gracias a la
>comunicación y específicamente de la radio comunitaria.
>El mundo ha cambiado en estos 25 años, y no ha mejorado. Nuevas
>teconologías de la información y de las comunicaciones han contribuido
>al desarrollo de la radio comunitaria pero estamos confrontados al
>desafío de construir una sociedad de la información anclada en el
>respeto de los rechos humanos. Tla expansión de los conglomerados de
>medios de comunicación privados transnacionales y la concentración de la
>propiedad amenazan el pluralismo y la diversidad de contenidos en los
>medios de comunicación. Nuevos desafios como el repseto del medio
>ambiente y el cambio climático acompañan la exclusión social, la
>pobreza, la nseguirdad alimenticia, el acceso al agua potable y la
>construcción de la democracia. El mundo esta confrontado a un crisis
>financiera global y a una crisis de de la globalización neoliberal que
>aumentará las desigualdades sociales y la distancia entre ricos pobres.
>Nos hemos reunido no sólo para celebrar lo avanzado en los últimos 25
>años, sino que también para reflexionar sobre nuestras estrategias
>políticas para el futuro. La radio sigue siendo fundamental e importante
>en el mundo de hoy día. AMARC ha crecido de una red de cientos a miles
>de radios comunitarias que representant un sector dinámico de radios
>comunitarias que aboga por el derecho a la comunicación en más de 118
>países y confronta los desafpios del siglo 21. Constatamos que la
>ausencia de reconocimiento legal por los gobiernos y los desafios de
>sustenabilidad siguen limitando la contribución potencial de las radios
>Un rol persistente de AMARC es seguirá siendo un espacio donde la gente
>— mujeres y hombres, jóvenes y ancianos, con diversos intereses y
>capacidades, de diversas orientaciones políticas, religiosas, sexuales,
>clases sociales, castas y etnias — pueden articular sus visiones,
>escuchar al otro y dialogar. Seguirá siendo un lugar de encuentro, un
>terreno para debates abiertos sobre derechos humanos, igualdad de
>género, sobre la paz y los conflictos armados y una larga lista de temas
>relevantes para las comunidades de marginados y subrepresentados. Temas
>que no encontrarían espacios en los medios de comunicación por intereses
>provados o gubernamentales.
>En nuestro 25o aniversario, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso de llegar a
>más gente en todo el mundo en comunidades locales para favorecer que las
>más diversas expresiones se articulen para promover ideales de libertad,
>democracia, igualdad, justicia y paz.
>Agradecemos a la gente y la ciudad de Montreal, sede de nuestro
>secretariado internacional y donde realizamos este simposio
>internacional sobre las radios comunitarias para el empoderamiento y el
>desarrollo. El simposio nos permitió analizar y reflexionar sobre el rol
>de las radios comunitarias en crear un contexto que prioriza el
>empoderamiento y el desarrollo centrado en la gente antes que los
>intereses políticos o comerciales de unos pocos. También nos ha
>permitido intercambiar visiones e ideas sobre como aumentar la eficacia
>de las radios comunitarias en tanto instrumento para combatir las
>pobreza, la exclusión, la intolerancia y un mecansimo para promover el
>derecho a la comunicación, los derechos humanos, la igualdad de l
>género, la buena gobernanza, la transparencia, la paz y la justicia social.
>NOSOTROS, representantes y miembros de AMARC de Africa, de Asia y el
>Pacífico, de América Latina y el Caribe, de Europa y Norteamérica,
>CONSIDERANDO la Declaración de Amán, ratificada por miembros de radios
>comunitarias participantes en la Asamblea General de AMARC en Amaán,
>Jordania, el 16 de noviembre de 2006.
>CONSIDERANDO la Declaración Conjunta sobre la diversidad de la
>radiodifusión adoptada el 12 de diciembre de 2007 por el Relator
>Especial de la Naciones Unidas sobre la Libertad de Opinión y de
>Expresión, el Representante de la Organización de la Seguridad y la
>Cooperación Europea sobre la libertad de los Medios de Comunicación, el
>relator Especial de la Organización de Estados Americanos sobre la
>Libertad de Expresión, y el Relato Especial de la Libertad de Expresión
>y de Acceso a la Información de la Comisón Africana de los Derechos
>Humanos y de los Pueblos.
>Obligaciones de los Estados
>Que los Principios establecidos en de AMARC sobre Regulación Democrática
>de la radiodifusión Comunitaria (3 de Mayo de 2008) deben ser respetados
>por los gobiernos como estándares apropiados del sector. Como tales,
>deben, ser incorporados en marcos legales y de políticas, tomando en
>cuenta los diversos contextos culturales y de desarrollo.
>* Los Estados deben asegurar el respeto de sus obligaciones
>internacionales en el área de la libertad de expresión, incluyendo los
>medios comunitarios.
>* La radiodifusión comunitaria debe ser reconocida en las leyes y
>políticas nacionales con susparticularidades distintivas, y los
>radiodifusores comunitarios deben gozar de un acceso equitativo y justo
>a las frecuencias del expectro radial y otras plataformas de difusión,
>incluídas las plataformas digitales.
>* Los procedimientos de alocación de licencias y frecuencias para los
>radiodifusores comunitarios deben ser justos, abiertos y transparentes,
>y la implementación d estos procedimientos debe ser controlado por una
>instancia de regulación independiente.
>* Los radiodifusores comunitarios deben tener acceso a diversas fuentes
>de financiación libres de restricciones no racionales. Esto puede
>inclus, y esas medidas deben incluir el dedicar recursos suficientes ir
>fondos públicos que son administrados de manera en que no limiten su
>* Los Estados deben tomar medidas adecuadas para terminar con el clima
>de impunidad existente, y esas medidas deben incluir el dedicar
>suficientes recursos y atención como para prevenir ataques de gobiernos
>y otros contra los periodistas, las radios comunitarias y los medios de
>comunicación y los periódicos independientes que ejercen su derecho a la
>libertad de expresión, investigando esos ataques cuando ellos ocurren,
>traduciendo los responsables ante la justicia y compensando las víctimas.
>* Los Estados deben tomar las medidas adecuadas para asegurar que las
>radios y la televisión comunitaria tengan acceso a la difusión digital y
>a todas las n uevas tecnologías que les sirvan para su trabajo. Los
>Estados también deben dar los pasos necesarios para asegurar un acceso
>razonable y equitativo de las radios comunitarias a la radio por satélite.
>Los radiodifusores comunitarios
>Nos comprometemos a combatir contre la imagen negativa y estereotipada
>de las mujeres en los medios de comunicación. Reafirmamos We commit
>ourselves to challenge the dominant negative and stereotypical images of
>women in the media. Reafrimamos nuestro compromiso para que las mujeres
>tengan garantías de acceso y participación en la toma de decisiones en
>los los medios de comunicación en todos los niveles y que se promueva la
>producción de programmas radiales que celebran la diversidad de las
>mujeres y valoran su contribución a la sociedad.
>Confirmamos nuestro compromiso de responder a las necesidades
>específicas de los niños y la juventud tanto en nuestra programación
>como en laparticipación de niños y jóvenes en la producción de programas
>Nos comprometemos a apoyar el desarrollo de la radio comunitaria en
>nuevos países y desarrollar solidaridad y abogacía para un mayor
>reconocimiento internacional y nacional de la contribución social cuando
>está en peligro.
>Nos comprometemos en aumentar el impacto de la radio comunitaria en
>cumplir con los objetivos de desarrollo del milenio, en la solución de
>conflictos, en la construcción de la paz, la reducción de la pobrezay en
>confrontar los desatres naturales, el cambio climático y la
>deterioración del medio ambiente, reforzando las alianzas y la
>coordinación entre las radios comunitarias y los organismos
>no-gibernamentales, e¿investigadores, movimientos de la sociedad civil y
>Insistimos en la importancia de las radios comunitarias en el
>empoderamiento de las comunidades locales gracias a la educación, el
>aprendizaje y el intercambio de conocimientos y el desarrollo de
>capacidades en las comunidades.
>Insistimos en el papel jugado por las radios comunitarias como
>productores de cultura, de reforzamiento de los derechos culturales, y,
>particularmente los derechos de las minorías linguïsticas y culturales.
>Reconocemos que la radio comunitaria juega un papel importante en ayudar
>a comunicar y en la protección de la cultura francófona en Canada.
>Terminamos este evento reafirmando nuestro compromiso de realizar
>nuestras demandas exprezadas en esta declaración y prometemos seguir
>trabajando en la promoción y en la protección de los derechos de la
>gente a la comunicación y a todos los derechos inscritos en la
>Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos.
>Montreal, el 7 de noviembre de 2008.
>La déclaration du 25ème anniversaire de l'AMARC – La Déclaration de Montréal
>En août 1983, les radiodiffuseurs communautaires et les activistes des
>médias communautaires se sont rencontrés ici, à Montréal, pour mettre
>sur pied l'Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires (AMARC).
>Aujourd'hui, 25 années plus tard, nous sommes de retour à Montréal en
>représentation d'un mouvement mondial de producteurs de radios, des
>activistes des droits à la communication, des académiques, des
>chercheurs, des praticiens d'ONG, des femmes et des hommes qui
>travaillent ensemble pour un monde plus juste et humain grâce aux
>communications et plus spécifiquement à travers la radio communautaire.
>Le monde s'est transformé tout au long de ces vingt –cinq années, et pas
>toujours pour le meilleur. Les nouvelles technologies de l'information
>et des communications ont favorisé le développement des radios
>communautaires, mais nous sommes confrontés et le changement climatique
>accompagnent dorénavant l'exclusion sociale, la pauvreté, l'insécurité
>alimentaire, l'accès à l'eau propre et la construction de la démocratie.
>Le monde est confronté à une crise financière mondiale et à la crise de
>la mondialisation néolibérale, ce qui augmentera encore davantage les
>inégalités sociales et la distance entre les riches et les pauvres.
>Nous sommes ici, non seulement pour célébrer ce que nous avons accompli
>lors des vingt-cinq dernières années, mais pour débattre et réfléchir
>sur nos stratégies politiques futures. La radio reste un instrument de
>communication incontournable dans le monde d'aujourd'hui. L'AMARC est
>devenu un réseaux de milliers de radios communautaires représentant un
>secteur dynamique et spécifique qui œuvre au renforcement du droit à la
>communication dans plus de 118 pays et qui s'attaque aux défis du 21ème
>siècle. Toutefois, l'absence de reconnaissance dans les lois et les
>règlements dans plusieurs de la communication, de même que la
>pérennisation, sont des obstacles pour l'actualisation de l'impact
>social des radios communautaires.
>Le rôle permanent de l'AMARC est de servir de lieu où des gens — les
>femmes et les hommes, les jeunes et les gens de troisième âge, de
>diverses tendances politiques, religions, orientations sexuelles,
>classes sociales, castes et ethnies — peuvent articuler leurs visions,
>écouter et dialoguer. L'AMARC sera toujours un lieu de rencontre, un
>endroit pour des débats ouverts sur les droits humains, l'égalité des
>genres, la paix, les conflits armés et tous les thèmes qu'intéressent
>les communautés qui sont marginalisés et sous représentées. Des thèmes
>qui ne trouvent pas leur place dans les médias commerciaux ou contrôles
>par les gouvernements.
>Lors de notre 25ème anniversaire, nous réaffirmons notre engagement en
>vue d'atteindre plus de monde dans les communautés afin de favoriser les
>rencontres entre des gens qui ont des visions diverses et de promouvoir
>les idéaux de liberté, de démocratie, d'égalité, de justice et de paix.
>Nous sommes reconnaissants envers les gens et a Ville de Montréal, siège
>de notre secrétariat international et où nous nous sommes rencontrés
>pour ce colloque international sur les radios communautaires pour
>l'empouvoirment et le développement. Le colloque nous a permis
>d'analyser et de réfléchir sur le rôle de la radio communautaire dans la
>création d'un environnement favorable à l'empouvoirment des gens et où
>le développement centré sur les gens est préféré aux intérêts politiques
>et commerciales de quelques uns. Il nous a également permis de
>d'échanger des opinions et des idées sur les moyens pour accroître
>l'efficacité des radios communautaires en tant qu'instrument pour
>combattre la pauvreté, l'exclusion, l'intolérance et, en même temps,
>qu'outil pour la promotion du droit à la communication, les droits
>humains, l'égalité de genre, la bonne gouvernance, la transparence, la
>paix et la justice sociale .
>NOUS, les représentants et membres de l'AMARC de l'Afrique, de l'Asie et
>du Pacifique, de l'Amérique latine et les Caraïbes, de l'Europe et de
>l'Amérique du Nord.
>CONSIDÉRANT la déclaration d'Amman, ratifiée par les radios
>communautaires membres de l'AMARC participantes à la 9ème assemblée
>générale ténue à Amman, en Jordanie, le 16 novembre 2006.
>CONSIDÉRANT la déclaration conjointe sur la diversité dans la
>radiodiffusion adoptée le 12 décembre 2007 par le rapporteur spécial des
>Nations Unies sur la liberté d'opinion et d'expression; par le
>représentant de l'organisation de la sécurité et de la coopération en
>Europe sur la liberté des médias; par le rapporteur de l'Organisations
>des États Américains sur la liberté d'expression et; par le rapporteur
>spécial sur la liberté d'expression et l'accès à l'information de la
>commission africaine sur les droits humains et des peuples.
>Les obligations des États
>Que les principes mis sur pied par l'AMARC sur la législation
>démocratique de la radiodiffusion communautaire ( le 3 mai 2003) soient
>reconnus comme standards appropriés du secteur par les gouvernements.
>Ils doivent donc, être incorporés dans le cadre législatif et de
>politiques, prenant en considération les différences de contexte
>culturel et de développement.
>* Les États doivent assurer le respect de leurs obligations
>internationales en matière de liberté d'expression, en particulier pour
>les médias communautaires.
>* La spécificité distinctive de la radiodiffusion communautaire doit
>être reconnue dans les lois nationales et dans les politiques, et les
>radiodiffuseurs communautaires doivent compter sur un accès juste et
>équitable aux fréquences radiophoniques et dans d'autres plates-formes
>des diffusion, incluant les plates-formes numériques.
>* Les procédures d'allocation de licences et de fréquences aux
>radiodiffuseurs communautaires doivent être justes, équitables et
>transparents, et l'implémentation de ces procédures doivent être suivis
>par une instance de régulation indépendante.
>* Les radiodiffuseurs communautaires doivent pouvoir accéder à des fonds
>divers, libres de restrictions non raisonnables. Ceci peut inclure des
>fonds publiques qui sont administrés de manière à ce qu'ils ne perdent
>leur indépendance.
>* Les États doivent prendre les mesures nécessaires pour terminer avec
>le climat d'impunité existent, et ces mesures doivent inclure
>l'allocation de ressources nécessaires et un suivi approprié afin de
>prévenir les attaques de la part des gouvernements et d'autres, contre
>les journalistes , les stations de radio communautaires, les médias
>indépendants et les journaux qui exercent leur droit à la liberté
>d'expression; en investiguant ces attaques, amenant devant la justice
>les responsables et adoptant des mesures de compensation vis-à-vis les
>* Les États doivent prendre des mesures appropriées afin d'assurer que
>la radio et la télévision communautaire aient accès aux plates-formes
>numériques et à toutes les technologies qui peuvent les aider dans leur
>travail. Les États doivent également prendre les mesures nécessaires
>afin d'assurer l'accès raisonnable et équitable des radiodiffuseurs
>communautaires à la radio par satellite.
>Les radiodiffuseurs communautaires
>Nous nous engageons à combattre les stéréotypes négatifs dominants
>contre les femmes dans les médias. Nous réaffirmons notre engagement
>pour assurer l'accès des femmes aux médias et pour garantir leur
>participation dans la prise des décisions à tous les niveaux dans les
>médias et pour la promotion de la production des émissions que célèbrent
>la diversité des femmes et mettent en valeur leur contribution à la
>Nous sommes engagés à répondre aux besoins spécifiques des enfants et
>des jeunes dans notre programmation et pour la promotion de la
>participation des enfants et les jeunes dans la production de la
>programmation de radiodiffusion communautaire.
>Nous nous engageons à appuyer le développement de la radio communautaire
>dans des nouveaux pays et de renforcer la solidarité et le plaidoyer
>pour la reconnaissance internationale et nationale de l'impact social de
>la radio communautaire dans les endroits où elle est menacée.
>Nous sommes engagés pour accroître le rôle de la radio communautaire
>dans l'atteinte des objectifs de développement du millénaire, dans la
>résolution de conflits, la construction de la paix, le réduction de la
>pauvreté et lorsqu'il s'agit de s'attaquer à la gestion des désastres
>naturels et le changement climatique et la détérioration de
>l'environnement en resserrant les liens et la coordination entre les
>radiodiffuseurs communautaires et les ONG,les chercheurs, les mouvements
>sociaux et les partis prenantes.
>Nous insistons sur l'importance fondamentale du rôle de la radio
>communautaire dans l'empouvoirment des communautés à travers
>l'éducation, l'apprentissage par l'échange de savoirs et le
>développement des capacités.
>Nous insistons sur l'importance du rôle de la radio communautaire en
>tant que producteur de culture, de renforcement des droits culturels et,
>particulièrement , les droits des minorités linguistiques et ethniques.
>Nous reconnaissons le rôle important joué par la radio communautaire
>lorsqu'il s'agit de communiquer et de protéger la culture francophone au
>Nous terminons cet événement réaffirmant notre engagement de mettre en
>œuvre les demandes inscrites dans cette déclaration et nous nous
>engageons pour continuer notre travail de promotion et de protection du
>droit à la communication des peuples et tous les droits inscrits dans la
>déclaration universelle des droits humains.
>Montréal, le 7 novembre 2008.

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4. Hour: Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!
Posted by: "Stefan Christoff"
Date: Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:50 am ((PST))

* Hour: Indie media's trickle-up theory
Interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!

by Stefan Christoff

The bottom has fallen out the housing market. The global economy is
unravelling. Opposition to U.S. military policy in Iraq has reached new and
unprecedented global reach. As alarm grows over U.S. domestic and foreign
policy, increasing attention is now being directed towards voices of dissent
and change, voices from the grassroots and voices from the independent media.

Every morning, Democracy Now!, the nationally syndicated independent TV and
radio program, broadcasts from New York City. Hosted by journalist Amy Goodman,
the program has become an inspiration for independent journalists worldwide,
and is mobilizing an unprecedented grassroots following in the U.S. and

Hour presents an in-depth interview with Goodman on everything from the
importance of independent media in a time of war to the recent arrests of the
Democracy Now! host and crew members at the latest Republican National

Hour: What role do you see the independent media playing within the U.S. today
- and especially within the context of this past year's election campaign,
which has been so closely followed throughout the world?

Amy Goodman: Elections are the beginning of something new, they don't assure
something new, but they are a beginning. There is the possibility that huge
change is underfoot in the U.S. No matter who becomes U.S. President, people
are enraged across the political spectrum at the direction that this country
has gone and no leader is going to bring us out of the trouble. It is going to
take people making demands.

This is why grassroots media is so important, because we need a forum for
people to discuss real solutions. The situation is now so desperate, from the
global economic meltdown to the war, both of which are still unresolved. This
is a huge moment for independent media to give space to people to think outside
the box. It is independent media where these demands get discussed in a real
way, where these demands get shaped, where people discuss and debate the most
important issues of our time, like war and peace, and how we can work to create
a more just world.

Hour: Can you share a couple moments in your extensive reporting leading up to
the 2008 elections which you feel illustrate the critical role that independent
media has played in these historic elections?

Goodman: On Democracy Now! there has been a constant drumbeat of authentic
voices, at the heart of all the major issues of our time. For example, soldiers
who resist war, some who have taken refuge in Canada. This is such an
under-covered story in the media. From the low-level soldiers to the generals
there is growing opposition to the war within the U.S. military, and on
Democracy Now! these voices have been given space year after year.

For example, Adrienne Kinne - the military officer who was spying on U.S.
citizens in Iraq from a military base in Georgia - she was recently featured in
a story that aired on ABC that has now led to a congressional investigation.
Last May, Democracy Now! produced the first national broadcast with Adrienne
Kinne speaking out. ABC then picked up the story and now Congress is going to
investigate on what the U.S. military was doing spying on U.S. citizens,
including NGO workers in Iraq.

Opposition to the war within the military cuts across the political spectrum,
as many soldiers believed in the war, and then went to Iraq seeing with their
own eyes the horror. Then they come back and there is no place to talk about it
in the U.S. except on the independent media, on programs like Democracy Now!.
You can't underestimate the power of these voices.

Hour: In your original interview with Kinne it was highlighted that the U.S.
military had listed the Palestine Hotel, a popular spot for journalists
reporting on the war in Iraq, as a military target. Can you expand on this?

Goodman: Many issues were addressed in the interview with Adrienne Kinne: that
the U.S. was listening to private conversations of U.S. soldiers speaking with
their loved ones back home, that the U.S. was listening to communications
between NGO workers in Iraq, and finally that they were listening in on
journalists staying at the Palestine Hotel. Kinne also spoke about receiving a
private email that listed the Palestine Hotel as a U.S. military target list.

Upon getting word that the Palestine Hotel was listed as a target Kinne
immediately alerted superiors in the military that this was not a military
target, but that it was a civilian target and that journalists were staying at
the hotel. Superiors in the military were indifferent, and later the Palestine
Hotel was shelled by the U.S. military, killing Spanish journalist José Couso
from Telecinco network in Spain.

This is a big part of the story that we told on Democracy Now! at the time and
we continue to pursue this.

Hour: Can you talk about the role that independent media has played in
reporting the U.S. elections internationally?

Goodman: Independent media provides a forum for people not only in the U.S. but
for people around the globe. Sure the U.S. is the most powerful country on
earth - although things maybe changing with the global economic meltdown - but
U.S. actions internationally do have serious consequences and so providing a
voice for people to talk about what it is really like to be at the target end
of U.S. foreign policy is very, very important.

Telling the individual story of someone's suffering really matters and this is
what we do, we show how we are connected to people around the world and these
connections should be maintained through something other than through the
barrel of a gun.

Hour: You spoke about there being a potential opening for political change in
the U.S. at this moment in history. In this context, what drives you to
advocate for independent media? What role do you hope that independent media
plays in creating that change?

Goodman: There must be creative solutions that we come up with in the U.S. and
there has to be an opening for people to talk about how to create these
solutions, how to solve problems in a different way.

The corporate media, with its hundreds of channels and so many newspapers, is
so constrained, providing only the spectrum between the Democrats and the
Republicans. For example, you look at the bailout - Obama and McCain, they both
supported it. You look at the war in Afghanistan - Obama and McCain both
supported a so-called surge. On health insurance, they may have different
plans, however, neither supports a single-payer health care system, so that
everyone is insured in this country, and [which would make sure] health care is
a basic human right.

So this is the spectrum of debate in the corporate media. We have to break the
sound barrier, open the debate to talk about solutions to solve these serious
problems, solutions that will percolate up from the independent media. Our job
at Democracy Now! is engaging in trickle-up journalism.

Media can be a force for peace in the world, it has that kind of potential,
because it provides an opportunity for people to speak to each other from
around the world, and when you hear someone speaking from their own experience,
whether is it a Palestinian child, an Israeli grandmother or a kid from the
South Bronx, the media can build bridges between communities rather than
advocate the bombing of bridges.

Hour: Finally, let's talk about freedom of the press in the U.S. You and others
from Democracy Now! were arrested while covering the Republican National
Convention. Can you talk about this experience and comment on what it means for
freedom of the press in the U.S.?

Goodman: These arrests are very important to mention because it illustrates how
quickly the state will crack down on dissent.

Response to our arrests and the arrest of over 40 journalists covering the
Republican National Convention exposed what the state was doing in St. Paul,
which was the Republican Party working together with the city to stifle

The tens of thousands of letters that the city and state authorities got in
protest shows how people will not stand for what is happening in this country,
this crackdown on dissent. As journalists, we are the eyes and ears of a
democracy and when the state targets journalists and beats journalists it is a
real threat to democracy. Independent media, and actually all media, should
become a sanctuary for dissent.


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