Sunday, 1 February 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2555

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1. Jordanian government denies Jordan valley women' radio license
From: tamara aqrabawe

2. Alternative news and features network from India
From: George Lessard

1. Jordanian government denies Jordan valley women' radio license
Posted by: "tamara aqrabawe" aqrabawe
Date: Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:48 am ((PST))

Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 17:23:55 +0400
Subject: press release about rejection of Radio license

English follows

Press release

Government denies Jordan valley women' radio

The Jordanian government rejected last week issuing a license for a women's community radio station in the Jordan valley. The request was for an FM station that will not broadcast news or political programs. This is the second time that the government rejects a community radio station. No reason was given for the rejection. The 2002 temporary Jordanian Audio visual law allows the government to refuse issuing a license without giving an explanation. The decision of the Jordanian cabinet was made on January 19th 2009.

The applicant, Daoud Kuttab, expressed astonishment at the decision which he said makes no sense. "What is the message sent to media investors when after a year of running around and fulfilling all the requirements including paying the hefty initiation license fee and first year's fees in advance, the government rejects the application. It would make better sense if the government would give the criteria for how it makes its decision."�

Kuttab, the founder and director of the Amman-based radio Al Balad, also complained about rejecting a station for women in a farming area. "His Majesty King Abdullah has declared 2009 the farming year and has repeatedly called on the media to pay attention to women's rights. What is the message of the government by rejecting a license to establish a community radio station for women in a poverty stricken farming area," he asked?

Radio al Balad, formerly AmmanNet was denied in November 2007 a license to establish a community radio station in the third largest Jordanian city Zarqa by the Bakhit government. No explanation was given then to the decision. An appeal of that decision to the Jordanian high court was turned down.

The idea of a station in the Jordan valley came during the 9th conference of AMARC, the global association of community radio stations. The conference held in Amman in November 2006. The conference held under the patronage of the Prime Minister was organized with the expectation that Jordan which had allowed the licensing of private radio stations would be open to the licensing of community radio stations. Community radio is almost totally absent in the Arab region where air waves are restricted to government monopolies or commercial entertainment stations. Germany's women's prayer breakfast and the Norwegian government as well as local businesses have been supportive of the initiative. A weekly radio program "Zahrat al Aghwar" has been produced and broadcast on Radio Al Balad in Amman and rebroadcast from Palestinian radio stations in Bethlehem and Jericho to Jordan valley residents.

For further details please call Daoud Kuttab 00962795577646

Daoud Kuttab
General Manager
Community Media Network
Radio Al Balad 92..4 fm
PEN Media �
Palestine telfax: +970 22958261
Jordan tel: (962 6) 4645441 � � Fax:(962 6) 4630238
Jordan mobile: +962 795577646
skype ID: daoudkuttab
142 Arrar Street, Wadi Saqra
P.O.Box: 20513 �Amman 11118 Jordan �

Community Media Network is a not for profit organization registered in Jordan and Palestine, dedicated to support and develop media in the Arab world. CMN's board of trustees is headed by the novelist Elias Farkouh.

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2. Alternative news and features network from India
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:53 pm ((PST))

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