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The 16th Community Radio Station in Bangladesh, Community Radio SagarDwip 99.2, to broadcast Programs Officially

Hatiya, a small island, situated in the mouth of the river Meghna and the coast of Bay of Bengal under Noakhali District. It is known as a disaster-prone Upazila with unprivileged community.

The people of the Upazila are living with natural disaster and adverse environment. River erosion, tornado, storm, cyclone make their daily life immeasurable. Lack of education, malnutrition, unemployment, laps and gaps of knowledge flow and insufficient power supply situation deprive the communities from modern facilities. Life and livelihood of four and half millions people are insecure here due to poor transportation, communication system and lack of information technology services.

Reducing the sufferings of the people of Hatiya, Dwip Unnayan Sangstha (DUS) has been initiating to establish a community radio station in this area in line with Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR).

The 16th Community Radio station in Bangladesh the Community Radio Sagar Dwip 99.2 is going to broadcasting its programs officially on November 12, 2015.

Towards socio-economic and cultural betterment, however, it is expected that the radio station will play a vital role through broadcasting its program related to disaster risk reduction and upgrading the standard of their life and livelihood.

Now 15 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 125 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 5.6 million rural people in 67 upazillas under 13 districts.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film] & its work in and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve from 2000 with support from Free Press Unlimited.

Source: BNNRC

CR-CIT – Bangladesh edition (Bengali Version) released

CR-CIT Bagla front coverWe are pleased to announce the publication of the Bangladesh edition (Bengali) of the Community Radio Continuous Improvement Toolkit (CRCIT) developed by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media with the support of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA). The Bangladesh version emerged through a participatory process of validation and adaptation in which all community radio stations in the country participated.  The Bangladesh edition is published by the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) with the support of European Union, Free Press Unlimited, and Commonwealth of Learning/CEMCA.

Click here for the Bengali version of CR-CIT.

Dhaka-Colombo for fair and free Mass Media: Sri Lankan side expressed interest in learning from the experience of Bangladesh in introducing Community Radio!

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu called on his Sri Lankan counterpart Gayantha Karunathilaka Wednesday, 17 June in Colombo
Information Minister H. E. Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, and Sri Lankan Mass Media and Information Minister H. E. Gayantha Karunathilaka voiced together on keeping the mass media free from religious militancy and inappropriate content in order to uphold democracy.

They also agreed in principle to conclude a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on sharing of content between state-owned news agencies, television and radio as well as producing cinema in joint venture as Bangladesh Information Minister called on his counterpart in Colombo Wednesday morning.

Hasanul Haq Inu is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka heading a government delegation aimed at enhanced cooperation between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in mass-media sector and sharing technical experiences in related field.

The two Ministers laid emphasis on the need of training of officials engaged in the institutions of information and media, and of regular holding of film festivals in each other’s country. Sri Lankan side expressed interest in learning from the experience of Bangladesh in implementing Right to Information Act and in introducing Community Radio.

Mass Media and Information Secretary Karunarathne Paranavithana and high officials of the ministry were present from the Sri Lankan side. Bangladesh officials present at the call on included Additional Secretary of Ministry of Information S. M. Haroon-Or-Rashid, High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan, Sr. Deputy Principal Information Officer Mahfuzur Rahman Malangi and BTV Engineer Md. Kamaluddin.

This was the first Ministerial level bilateral visit taking place between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka after the new government in Sri Lanka took office following the Presidential election in January 2015.

Sri Lanka, an island country of 65,610 sq km (little less than half the size of Bangladesh), with a population of about 21 million has 21 terrestrial, 29 satellite television, 72 radio channels and about 12 national daily newspapers.

Source: BNNRC