Tuesday, 1 May 2012

[creative-radio] Fwd: [Amarc-info-en] Community Radios Present in the Debates on Freedom of Expression in Chile


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From: Secretariat AMARC <secretariat@si.amarc.org>
Date: 1 May 2012 10:26
Subject: [Amarc-info-en] Community Radios Present in the Debates on Freedom
of Expression in Chile
To: Marcelo Solervicens <secretariat@si.amarc.org>


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*AMARC participates in panels and seminars on legislation and the right to
communicate, obstacles to freedom of expression regarding the ownership,
use and access. *****

- *May 2nd from 9h to 12h, Film Library/Cultural Center in La
Moneda. **Plaza
de la Ciudadanía* ****
- *May 3rd from 9h30 to 14h, House of Representatives, Santiago de
Chile, Compañía 1175.*****

The objective is to build opinions and a position on freedom of expression
and community radios since its beginnings, with a focus on the last decade,
when a presentation in front of Latin-American human rights commissioners,
a representation from the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
(AMARC), appealing the Human Rights Interamerican Convention, succeeded to
establish a resource in favour of a Latin-American community radio.****

In this manner was obtained an applicability of a proclaimed right by this
Convention, which aims to have a full freedom of expression and of thought
that can also be exercised through radio, television and other audiovisual
communication services frequencies. This is a key element for the freedom
of expression of citizenship, because it widens the domain and subjects of
the exercise of this fundamental right. ****

For AMARC, the expansion of diversity and pluralism is the principal pillar
on which should be formulated legislations on media involving community
radios and televisions. The main vector for this Association for freedom of
expression, understood in its double meaning, sometimes from those
broadcasting the information and other times from those receiving it, which
reflects in the document "*Principles guaranteeing diversity and pluralism
in radio broadcasting and audiovisual communication services*", published
in 2010.****

That is why AMARC raised its voice in favour of community radios and of
citizenship every time that was transgressed the right to communicate,
whether it is through the restriction to the access to radio frequencies
for the communities, associations or social organizations focusing on
indigenous, women or other groups, or through the persecution of
communicators of through direct action or omission by States with their
politics in favour of big monopolies.****

On the occasion of the *International Press Freedom Day*, established by
UNESCO, AMARC president, the Chilean Maria Pia Matta, will expose the two
planned activities in Chile to commemorate this date on the themes of
legislation and the right to communicate and on ownership, use and access
as obstacles to freedom of expression. ****

Those are part of the International Conference organized by the Journalists
Association entitled "The right to Information and Advocacy of Audiences"
(on May 3rd in the House of Representatives in Santiago de Chile) and the
activity convened by UNESCO "New Voices: Press Freedom to Transform
Societies" (on May 2nd in the Film Library/Cultural Center in La Moneda),
two meetings co-organized by the Institute of Communication and Picture of
the University of Chile. ****

The context of this debate will be the 2011 and 2012 social mobilizations,
in which several denunciations on the abusive use of the police force
against journalists, photographers and cameramen have been listed, as well
as the persecution of Mapuche radios and the presentations in front of
Indigenous peoples and freedom of expression rapporteurs, the proceedings
of the Law on Digital television and the important fall of Chile in the
raking on press freedom realized every year by Reporters without borders.***

*Both meetings will be covered by RADIO TIERRA, a community radio station
part of AMARC on its website: **www.radiotierra.cl***

*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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