Thursday, 8 March 2012

[creative-radio] "Community Media & the Arab Spring" International Conference will start tomorrow in Tunisia

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Date: 8 March 2012 08:31
Subject: [Amarc-info-en] "Community Media and the Arab Spring"
International Conference will start tomorrow in Tunisia
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*"Community Media and the Arab Spring" International Conference will start
tomorrow in Tunisia


Montreal, March 8th, 2012. The Middle East and North Africa Community Media
Working Group, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
(AMARC) the Community Media Network (CMN), International Media Support
(IMS) and Inter Press Service, with the support of Oxfam Novib, UNESCO, EED
and Open Society Foundation (OSF), organize the first International
Conference on Community Media and the Arab Spring, that will be held at
Hotel Majestic, Tunis, March 9-10, 2012. For registration and further
information, please visit here or contact AMARC at

The event will gather more than a hundred freedom of expression and
communication rights activists as well as practitioners and stakeholders of
the community media movement. The International Conference on Community
Media and the Arab Spring will facilitate reflection on what has been
achieved so far, clarify challenges and define strategies for the right to
communicate in the region.


In announcing the Conference, Maria Pia Matta, AMARC's president, said that
"holding the first conference on community media in the Middle East and
North Africa in Tunisia is a symbol of the recognition of the social and
political movement that started the Arab Spring and opened the way to media
and political pluralism. In this perspective, implementation of
international human rights standards, essential to democratic societies, is
a fundamental challenge for all social actors of the region."


The first regional conference on Community Media and the Arab Spring will
allow experiences sharing and definition of strategies for media pluralism
and independence; for democratic, equitable and sustainable development;
and for the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity in the
Mediterranean region.


AMARC has been active for several years in the MENA region, sharing the
community radio experience as an essential component of democratic
development. AMARC was a founder, in 2004, of the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring
Group. In November 2006, the community radio movement and stakeholders
gathered for the AMARC 9 world conference in Amman, Jordan, hosted by
Ammannet, the pioneering community radio of the Middle East. In 2007, at
the AMARC Africa and MENA Conference, in Rabat, Morocco, advocacy
strategies were reinforced. In 2011, the Arab Spring has brought the
emergence of new community radios in Tunisia and paved the way for concrete
possibilities elsewhere. In collaboration with IMS, CMN and other freedom
of expression partners, AMARC has shared knowledge and supported the
emergence of pluralistic and independent media.


*Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a
network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community
media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of
AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the
establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized
the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the
international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and
promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity,
networking and Cooperation.*

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