Tuesday, 7 August 2012

New Book: Peoples' Voices, Peoples' Empowerment : Community Radio in Asia & Beyond

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From: Suman Basnet <suman_basnet@asiapacific.amarc.org>
Date: 7 August 2012 02:32
Subject: [Asiapacific-general] New Book on Community Radio
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Peoples' Voices, Peoples' Empowerment : Community Radio in Asia and Beyond

Edited By Kalinga Seneviratne
 Price S$35 (Asia)    US$27 (Outside Asia)  Year 2012   Book Could Be ordered on line via this link: http://www.amic.org.sg/index.php?link=9&id=84

Community radio expanded rapidly in Latin America and Africa in the 1980s and the 1990s, while in Asia it was slow to take off, mainly due to government indifference. The Philippines is often described as having Asia?s most liberal media environments, yet, Louie Tabing, the founder of Tambuli Community Radio describes his country?s media as a system of PPPPP?profit, propaganda, power, politics, privilege and/ or prestige. What Tabing argues is applicable to most countries in Asia, and the clamour for community radio has been driven by a desire to giving a voice for the ?voiceless? masses. Thus, in recent years, community radio activists have been able to open up Asia?s airwaves for community radio broadcasting ? sometimes without official government sanction. In Thailand, when the government called for applications for community radio broadcasting licenses over 6000 applied, while in Indonesia, since the arrival of the ?Reformasi? era  after the downfall of Suharto in 1998, there?s been over a 1000 community radio stations established all over the country. Almost all of these have been unlicensed. Nepal has over 100 community radio stations and its first community radio broadcaster Radio Sagarmatha today calls itself a public service broadcaster. With Indian government slowly opening up the airwaves for community radio broadcasting, it is predicted that within 5 years there could be over 4000 community radio stations operating across the sub-continent. Thus, community radio in Asia is now well on the way to becoming perhaps the mainstream communication medium for both rich and the poor, and the urban and the rural populations in Asia. This book is thus a timely look at how the community media movement has developed across Asia in the past 2 decades with insights from practitioners and researchers across Asia.

Chapter Description:

This book includes chapters based on presentations made over the past 3 years on community radio in Asia and the Pacific at the AMIC annual conference and at Radio Asia. In addition, AMIC has commissioned special chapters for the book, especially the  Case Studies  and   Reflections  section. An outline of the book is as follows:

       Section 1: Community Radio   Opportunities and Challenges
Ch1: Community Radio in Asia: Slowly Coming Out of the Shadows   Kalinga Seneviratne           An overview of the development of community radio across Asia in the past decade.

Ch 2: Community Radio, a Means of People Empowerment: Opportunities and Challenges   Louie Tabing , Tambuli Community Radio     The founder of Tambuli community radio discusses the birth of people-controlled community radio model in the Philippines, the concepts behind the  Neighbourhood Productions  and challenges of making community radio truly local.

Ch 3:    Community Participation in the Power of the Media   Fr Francis Lucas, Catholic Media Network, Philippines     This chapter discusses how community radio could position itself to be the peoples  radio to give the small people a voice.

Ch 4: Sri Lanka s Struggle to Establish Community Radio   Tilak Jayaratne, Former Station Manager Uva Community Radio, Sri Lanka     Sri Lanka was the first country in Asia to introduce community radio, but, it has not expanded the way many expected the sector to develop. This chapter takes a critical look at the Mahaveli Community Radio model and subsequent attempts to introduce other models of community radio in Sri Lanka.

Ch 5: The Challenges for Community Radio in Indonesia: Walking On A Tightrope -  Arya Gunawan, Regional Communication Advisor UNESCO, Jakarta     There are over 700 community radio stations scattered across the Indonesian archipelago, but, without a proper legislative environment, funding strategies and human resources many are finding it difficult to survive. This chapter discusses this situation and possible remedies.

Ch 6: Social Impact of Community Radio in India: Enhancing Participatory Development and Women Empowerment   Esther Kar.
    This chapter analyses the social impact of community radio in India by studying both models of community radio   tertiary and NGO supported - in the context of empowering women and enhancing participatory development.

Ch 7: Community Radio in Thailand: Continuing Struggle for a Social Presence   Pirongrong Ramasoota, Chulalonkorn University, Bangkok     This chapter gives a background to legislative reforms to make community radio legal in the kingdom, as well as the challenges facing the community radio sector in terms of long term viability.

Ch 8: A Sri Lankan Experiment: Community Driven Radio for Livelihood Improvement   Samanmalee Swarnalatha and Gamini Batuwitage.
    Gemidiriya Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project adopt an innovative model of rural development, built on the principles of community driven development. This chapter discusses how community radio is an important component of it.

Ch 9:    Community Radio in the Philippines: Church-owned Radio   Community Based Alternative   Isabel Templo.
    In the backdrop of the role of community radio in the EDSA Peoples  Power Revolution of 1986, this chapter surveys different models of church run community radio in the Philippines.

Ch 10: Australian Indigenous and Ethnic Community Radio : Public Spaces, Familiar Spaces   Kerrie Foxwell, Susan Forde and Michael Meadows, Griffith University, Australia     Australia is today a world leader in community radio broadcasting with a diverse sector of third tier broadcasting. This chapter discusses processes, politics and sustainability issues with respect to Aboriginal and ethnic community radio in Australia.

Ch 11: View from Bangladesh: Preparing for Community Radio   Shameem Reza, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh     Community radio is comparatively new to Bangladesh with the government granting licenses for the sector only in 2010. This chapter looks at how Bangladesh has prepared for the dawn of the community radio era.

    Section 2: Community Radio In The Internet Age

Ch 12: Sri Lanka: Challenges and Opportunities in Nationalising Benefits of Internet Community Radio   M.C Rasmin, Sri Lanka Development Journalists Forum     In this chapter the author explores the scope of Internet and other new media technologies to establish community radio with a different model to that of free-to-air radio.

Ch 13: Indonesia: More Than Just Sharing   Stories in Suarakomunitas.net   Shita Laksmi, Hivos, Indonesia     In this chapter the author discuss how an Internet-based community radio could be interactive.

 Ch 14: India:  Namma Dhwani , Ideal Demonstration of Community Media Usage   Gloria, Khamkar, University of Pune, India      Namma Dhwani  has been hailed internationally as a role model for a small community radio station run by women for women. In this chapter the author discusses  Namma Dhwani  in the context of other community radio platforms available in India.

    Section 3: Case Studies

Ch 15: India: Synergising Local Radio and Community Radio   Esther Kar     All India Radio operates over 80 low-powered  Local Radio  stations as a third tier of national broadcasting. Are these stations a viable model of community radio? This question is discussed in this chapter.

Ch 16 : Nepal: Radio Sagarmatha - From Community Radio to PSB   Ghamaraj Luintel, Station Manager, Radio Sagarmatha, Nepal     This chapter explores how South Asia s first NGO-run radio has transformed from a community radio to a mainstream public service radio station in Kathmandu.

Ch 17: Denmark: Consortium Approach To Community Radio   Kalinga Seneviratne     Based on location visits and interviews, in this chapter the auhor looks at how community radio in Denmark has developed a consortium approach to broadcasting mainly as a tool of survival.

Ch 18: Finland: Stealing The Airwaves from the Rich   Kalinga Seneviratne     Radio Robin Hood in Turku a city of 200,000 people broadcasts a community radio station on a commercial license because no community radio licenses are given out in the country. Based on a location visit and interviews with stakeholders, in this chapter, the author looks at how a small community radio station mainly run by marginalized ethnic community groups survive on a shoestring budget.

Ch 19: Australia, News That Is Different   Suganthi Singarayar     Radio 2SER-FM in Sydney is Australia s oldest and biggest campus community radio station. In this chapter the author looks at how high quality community radio news is produced by a mainly volunteer broadcast team.

Ch 20: Thailand: Real vs Commercial Community Radio   Palphol Rodloytuk     Thailand is believed to have over 3000  community  radio stations, most of them broadcasting without a license. In this chapter, the author looks at the problems created by an unregulated sector.

Ch 21: Fiji: The Journey of a Suitcase Radio Station   Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, FemLINKPacific, Fiji     In this chapter, the author explains how a quest to establish a women s community radio initiative began and developed into a mobile system of community radio.

Ch 22: India: College Radio Tackling Participation and Social Inclusion   Padma Rani, M.O.P Vaishnav College for Women, India.
    This chapter discuss how a campus based radio station has functioned since its inception in 2005 in terms of financial viability, programming strategy and technical support.

Ch 23: Thailand: Taxi Driver Radio and Politics of Community Radio   Bradley Freeman and Thanomwong Poorisat, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore     This chapter is based on a study done on the contents and politics of a taxi driver community radio station in Bangkok.

Ch 24: Australia: Aboriginal Media Moving out of the Shadows   Jim Remedio, Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, Australia     In this chapter, the author discuses how an Aboriginal run community radio station brings stories from the ground to the living room of listeners in their own community and outside.

Section 4: Reflections

Ch 25: Adapting a Danish Idea in Sri Lanka   Knub Ebbesen, Dansmark Radio     The author reflects on how he brought a Danish community radio model to Sri Lanka and adapted it to suite the local environment.

Ch 26: Building a Participatory Communication Strategy   Sunil Wijesinghe, Mahaveli Community Radio, Sri Lanka     The author, who was the station manager of Kothmale Community Radio, reflects upon how the Mahaveli Community Radio project took radio to the grassroots and developed the participation of the community in program production.

Ch 27: Breaking the Barriers in Australia   Kalinga Seneviratne, Radio 2SER-FM, Sydney.
    In this chapter, the author reflects upon how he used community radio to break the barriers for migrant broadcasters to break into the Australia English language radio broadcasting sector.

Ch 28: Overcoming The Nerves   Noor Chasanah, Radio Suara Warga, Indonesia     The author reflects on how she initially overcame the nerves to go on air and is now able to connect with her audience in the community.

Ch 29: No Looking Back Since Beep On My Phone   Alih Anso, Radio DXUP, Philippines     In this chapter, the author reflects upon how a text message that came to his phone summoned him to a meeting to set up a community radio station and he has not looked back ever since.

Ch 30: Preparing for Community Broadcasting   Harshani Weerasinghe, Saru Community Radio, Sri Lanka     In this final chapter the author reflects upon how her involvement with a Village Self-help Learning Initiative has led her to become a community radio broadcaster who is eagerly waiting for the regular broadcasts of the local community radio to take to the airwaves.


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