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[creative-radio] Bangladesh: Consultation on Review of Community Radio Policy 2008: Proposed Inclusion, Revision and Change


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Date: 7 April 2012 23:20
Subject: [Asiapacific-general] Bangladesh: Consultation on Review of
Community Radio Policy 2008: Proposed Inclusion, Revision and Change
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Consultation on Review of Community Radio Policy 2008:

Proposed Inclusion, Revision and Change

A Consultation for Policy review on Community Radio Installation, Operation
and Broadcasting Policy 2008 entitled:"Proposed Inclusion, Revision and
Change "has been taken place 7 May 2012 at 10 a.m. at JATRI Training Hall
Karwan Bazar, Dhaka. Bangladesh.

The consultation was organized by Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and
Communication (BNNRC).Representatives of different Community Radio
stations, veteran media experts, academics and UNICEF officials
participated in the program. Mr. Syed Tamjidur Rahman, Chief Executive
Officer of Change Maker facilitated the session.

After a brief introduction by the participants, Mr.AHM Bazlur Rahman-
S21BR, Chief Executive Officer of BNNRC welcomed the participants. He
mentioned that after a long term policy advocacy govt.has announced the
Community Radio Policy 2008 and approved license for 14 Community Radio
stations. Out of these 10 stations are already on-air and the rest are
coming on-air by this month. This is a good time to reflect on the policy
and govt.has rightly chosen the time to review the document. The inputs of
the in initiators will enrich the initiative of the govt.

In the consultation, as regards to inclusion, revision and change(proposed)
in the policy document; valuable suggestions and inputs have been provided
by Mr. S.M. Shameem Reza, Associate Professor, Department of Mass
Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, Nance Weber, C4D Unit
Chief, UNICEF-Bangladesh, other officials of the unit Ms.Anu Kapur and
Sayedul Haque Milky, reputed development expert Faruq Faisal, Jamil Ahmed,
Executive Director, JATRI and Shamima Akhtar, Executive Director, ESO
Foundation and Focal person for WIN-Bangladesh.

From among the Community Radio Stations/initiators Md.Hasib Hossain
Community Radio Mahananda 98.8, Mr. Azizur Rahman, Community Pallikantha
99.2, Sultan Mahmud, Community Radio Bikrampur 99.2, Dr.AKM Shahidul Islam
Community Radio Nalta 99.2, Mostafiz Gani Community Radio Padma 99.2,
Subir Das Community Radio Sagargiri 99.2 and Mahbubul Haque Community Radio
Barendra 99.2.

The speakers shared their experiences and lessons learned and provided some
valuable suggestions so that these would be considered during the review
process of the CR Policy by the govt.

BNNRC will now compile the recommendations and place those to the Ministry
of Information as part of the inputs from the civil society and grassroots
level initiators to policy review process.

AHM. Bazlur Rahman-S21BR
Chief Executive Officer
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
[NGO in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council]
Head, Community Radio Academy

House: 13/1, Road: 2, Shaymoli, Dhaka-1207 Bangladesh
Phone: +88-02-9130750, +88-02-9138501, Cell: +88 01711881647
Fax: 88-02-9138501-105,

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