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Message of solidarity – Nepal earthquake survivors

The South Asia Network for Community Media (SANCOM) extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who unfortunately lost their lives and those who suffered grave losses in the Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015. The tragic loss of lives and the resulting damages have been devastating and words cannot sufficiently express the sorrow felt by those of us at SANCOM. IT would be a formidable task to recover from a disaster of this magnitude. SANCOM stands in solidarity with the survivors through this difficult time. The Steering Committee of SANCOM would especially like to our collective…

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Why so few community radio stations in India?

“Author Anupam Chakravartty notes with disappointment that India, a huge radio loving country (especially during elections), has only 173 community radio stations, all told. In addition, he complains that universities or schools run most of them. Independent community based organizations only supervise 63, and most of these broadcast to remote rural areas.” Read more. Author: Matthew Lasar Source: Radio Survivor 

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On wrong wavelength

“The country’s experiment with community radio started after the Supreme Court in 1995 said radio waves belong to the people and that the government is a caretaker. Subsequent to the verdict, civil society pressured the government to grant licences to community radio. But two decades later, the concept of community radio has not caught on. This despite the fact that almost all the governments at the Centre have promised to strengthen the medium which, they say, is “an integral component of the right to free speech and expression”.” For more information click here. Author: Anupam Chakravartty Source: Down to Earth