Tuesday, 24 August 2010

[creative-radio] Joint appeal by AMARC, PPF for setting up community radio stations in flood-hit Pakistan area


Joint appeal by AMARC, PPF for setting up community radio stations in
flood-hit Pakistan areas


Kathmandu, Nepal, The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
(AMARC) and the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) appeal to the Government
of Pakistan and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to
allow setting up of emergency community radio stations in areas that have
suffered from the current floods in Pakistan.

We call upon all concerned agencies in Pakistan to be flexible and
responsive to proposals for the establishment of community based
broadcasting mechanisms so that any information gap that exists among the
affected people is fulfilled and relief operations are made highly
effective. AMARC offers its knowledge and expertise in setting up
emergency broadcasting mechanisms, gathered from working around the world
in similar situations of natural disasters. The important role of
community radio in times of natural disaster for aiding relief operations
as well as for supporting rehabilitation and rebuilding has been proven
many times over. The recent examples of the positive power of community
radio was seen in the earthquakes of Haiti and Chile where AMARC played an
important role in facilitating the setting up of emergency broadcasting

It was not so long ago that community radios were brought to the forefront
of the efforts to provide relief and rehabilitate those affected by the
tsunami and floods in Indonesia. AMARC and PPF highly appreciate the
valuable work being carried out by radio stations in the flood affected
areas. There is a need to complement theses efforts by bridging the gaps
of information at the very local levels and among displaced peoples. This
can be effectively achieved by setting up emergency community radio
stations. AMARC, PPF and all other AMARC members in Pakistan offer sincere
condolences to the families of those that have perished in the floods in
Pakistan. We offer our solidarity and prayers to those that have suffered
huge emotional and material losses and extend our support to those that
are engaged in helping the affected.

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