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AMARC celebrates first World Radio Day

(AMARC/IFEX) – 7 February 2012 – Community radio members of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters network (AMARC) salute the World Radio Day to be celebrated for the first time on February 13, 2012.

Community radios are an ever-increasing, worldwide tier of broadcast and an essential part of the radio spectrum. They contribute to their communities, to pluralistic media landscapes and to the exercise of communication rights by citizens. For further information on community radio activities for World Radio Day, please go to the AMARC Website, http://www.amarc.org/ .

The decision to declare February 13 World Radio Day was adopted by UNESCO following a proposal by the Spanish Academy of Radio and a consultation process supported by AMARC. Please find further information in the UNESCO Website and at the Official World Radio Day website. Since it was first established, radio has proven its impact and universality as a media that is available at low cost all over the world.

The main objectives of World Radio Day are, notably, to raise awareness among the public and the media of the value of radio, including in the context of new media. It aims to encourage decision-makers to support the establishment of sustainable and accessible community radio that facilitates access to voice for the excluded and marginalised. World Radio Day should also provide a networking focus for radio proponents and practitioners worldwide to exchange ideas, experiences and resources. Through service to members, networking and project implementation, 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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