Saturday, 14 March 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2594

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1. Himachal's first community radio launched at Solan
From: George Lessard

2. Internet monitored and controlled, even in democracies
From: George Lessard

1. Himachal's first community radio launched at Solan
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:28 pm ((PDT))

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Subject: [cr-india] Himachal's first community radio launched at Solan
From: "Alokesh Gupta" <>
Date: Fri, March 13, 2009 12:04

Himachal's first community radio launched at Solan

Himvani Mar 13
SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh's first wireless Community Radio was today launched
in Solan, district. Chief Secretary of government of Himachal Pradesh Asha
Swaroop inaugurated the community radio at M.S. Panwar Institute of
Communication and Management (MSPICM), Solan. The radio MSPICM 90.4 FM
community radio would cater to the area within 10 kilometers radius from the
main station that has been installed at the institute.
"Main Solan ke listeners ka abhinandan karti hoon (I welcome listeners of
Solan)", were the first words of Asha Swaroop, to be aired from the
community radio. The radio would focus on the developmental aspects of the
local area.
This community radio service is the first to be launched in the state and
the forty third in the country. There are over100 applications pending for
sanction of community radio across the country, including the proposal of
Dr. Y.S. Parmar Horticulture University Nauni, Solan.
In her address Swaroop said, "Each of the 12 districts of Himachal should
have at least one community radio to act as an interactive media for the
population of specific areas in communicating and getting solutions to their
Later, Vice Chancellor of the Horticulture University Dr. Jagmohan said that
Himachal has the capacity to accommodate over 100 community radio looking at
its applicability in Agriculture and Horticulture that are the largest
sector of the state's economy.
Director Commonwealth Media Centre for Asia Dr. R. Sreedhar said that
community radio has the capability to give solutions to local developmental
issues of an area and build community participation in development. He
appreciated the endeavour of the M.S. Panwar Institute for coming forward in
adopting this mode of communication that is expected to have far reaching
effects in the field of development communication.
The MSPICM is hosting the two day 7th Regional Consultation for the
Community Radio enthusiasts of the North West Zone, covering the states of
Himachal Pradesh Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of
Chandigarh,begining March 13.

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi.

cr-india mailing list

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2. Internet monitored and controlled, even in democracies
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:31 pm ((PDT))

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Subject: [ZESTMedia] "Internet monitored and controlled, even in democracies"
From: "Siddhartha Kumar" <>
Date: Fri, March 13, 2009 05:02


"Internet monitored and controlled, even in democracies"

After joint appeal with Amnesty International for an end to online
censorship, Reporters Without Borders issues report on "Enemies of the

Reporters Without Borders today issued a report entitled "Enemies of
the Internet" in which it examines Internet censorship and other
threats to online free expression in 22 countries.

"The 12 'Enemies of the Internet' - Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran,
North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
and Vietnam - have all transformed their Internet into an Intranet in
order to prevent their population from accessing 'undesirable' online
information," Reporters Without Borders said.

"All these countries distinguish themselves not only by their ability
to censor online news and information but also by their virtually
systematic persecution of troublesome Internet users," the press
freedom organisation said. Reporters Without Borders has placed 10
other governments "under surveillance" for adopting worrying measures
that could open the way to abuses. The organisation draws particular
attention to Australia and South Korea, where recent measures may
endanger online free expression.

"Not only is the Internet more and more controlled, but new forms of
censorship are emerging based on the manipulation of information,"
Reporters Without Borders said. "Orchestrating the posting of comments
on popular websites or organising hacker attacks is also used by
repressive regimes to scramble or jam online content."

A total of 70 cyber-dissidents are currently detained because of what
they posted online. China is the world's biggest prison for
cyber-dissidents, followed by Vietnam and Iran.


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