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Bangladesh: More community radio in the offering – Information Minister


DHAKA, April 26, 2016 (BSS) – The government would further expand community radio in order to provide the platform for citizens to raise their voices, especially for the masses at the grassroots, Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu said today.

Inu revealed this information to visiting Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Howe Liang Zhu, who is now in the city on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, said an official release.

“We have taken the decision (for more community radios) to bring the marginalized people into the mainstream of development and spearhead sustainable development,” the minister told Liang Zhu, who along with UNDP Representative Robert Watkins, met him at his ministry office here.

Inu listed a number of steps taken by the present government with regards to mass media expansion and said a new horizon has been drawn in the area of free press side by side with cleaning the political dirt to bring back politics on track.

The minister said mass media had earlier been regarded as a strong opponent of the autocratic and communal regimes while it has now become a co-facilitator for national development. He also credited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her sincere and brave efforts in ensuring media freedom and protecting democracy.

Liang Zhu conveyed warm felicitation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for media expansion in the country and assured that the United Nations would provide necessary cooperation for its further expansion in Bangladesh.

Senior officials of the ministry and UNDP Assistant Country Director Shaila Khan were also present.

Source: BNNRC

Community Radio Stations create awareness on Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh

Seven Community radio stations in Bangladesh now involved  in increasing community awareness on Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons  through broadcasting radio magazine program under a three-month  project titled “Media Campaign through Community Radio on Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh (IRSOP)’’ under the coordination of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh  and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – Bangladesh.

The Program is aimed to provide the grassroots level community the information related to legal assistance, legal rights, restorative justice through alternative resolution, reducing repeated crimes and referral system in case of drug addiction and thus contribute in reducing prison overcrowding and improving legal protection for poor and vulnerable prisoners through radio magazine program.

Under this project 7 community radio stations of the country  – Radio Padma 99.2 (Rajshahi), Community Radio Nalta 99.2 (Satkhira), Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2 (Moulvibazar), Community Radio Sagar Giri 99.2 (Chittagang), Community Radio Chilmari 99.2 (Kurigram), Community Radio Jhunuk 99.2 (Jhenaidha) and Community Radio Bikrampur 99.2 (Munshigonj) started  broadcasting magazine program in the  name of “khola Janala”. The program is giving emphasis on the issues like Over Crowding & Restorative Justice, Legal Assistance, and Training & Rehabilitation of Prisoners, Village Court, Reducing Repeated Crimes and Referral System in case of Drug Addiction.

The 45 minutes program is designed in two segments: first is a 25 minutes magazine program. It is combination of report, vox-pop, interview, promo, public service announcement (PSA), local song, and drama etc. The second segment in the program is a 20 min. dialogue, where two local guests discussed on that broadcasting issue. They would be Jailer/ Jail Super/ members of Jail Inspection Committee, Advocate, and members of Para-Legal, representation of Social Welfare Department and Local government, Civil Society members, local NGOs and development workers etc. Besides, there is a quiz contest system in the program. In every espied, a question is asked to the audience on issues that broadcasted and three persons are selected through lottery from who responded correctly. Later they are awarded by radio sets.

Until 10 December, 2015, the radio stations have broadcast two episodes among six episodes of the magazine program on Over Crowding & Restorative Justice, Village Court and Legal Assistance. The programs were rebroadcast two times respectively on the day after broadcasting and first rebroadcasting.

In the light of the dialogue segment of the magazine program, we can expect the opportunity to initiate the dialogue between 84 (per episode 2 guests x 6 episode x 7 radio stations=84) local resources and community radio as well community people.

Mentioned that, total 21 youth and youth women (community broadcasters) have got better understanding, knowledge and gathered skills on how to produce a fruitful magazine program on the issues through a day long project orientation program. It is most important that, through the magazine program 3.382 million community people of the target areas (07 CR station areas in 07 districts of the country) will be aware reagarding legal protection and restorative justice which can help to resolve/mediate the conflict in an alternative way at local level.  There is a focus on speeding up the release of those detainees whose detention was unlawful or disproportionate, especially women, children and other disadvantaged groups.

Source: BNNRC

Community Broadcasting Library set up in every community radio station in Bangladesh

Community Broadcasting Library at 16 Community Radio Stations in BangladeshThe community broadcasting library is being set up as an essential part of 16 community radio station in Bangladesh. Around 1000 rural broadcasters are directly benefited from the library. Each library acts as a knowledge center to radio practitioners, development activists volunteers and the community people around the station areas with support from European Union, Free Press Unlimited and Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC).

The will help their community broadcasters, trainers and volunteers to gain more knowledge and skill. As home-based knowledge source the library contributes in improving the existing management and program production quality of radio managers and producers which at the same time will positively influence the knowledge and skill of the future broadcasters. supporting and enhancing educational goals as outlined in the school’s mission and curriculum; developing and sustaining in community broadcasters the habit and enjoyment of reading and learning, and the use of libraries throughout their lives; offering opportunities for experiences in creating and using information for knowledge, understanding, imagination and enjoyment; supporting all community broadcasters in learning and practicing skills for evaluating and using information, regardless of form, format or medium, including sensitivity to the modes of communication within the community; providing access to local, regional, national and global resources and opportunities that expose learners to diverse ideas, experiences and opinions; organizing activities that encourage cultural and social awareness and sensitivity; working with community broadcasters, station managers, local administrations and communities to achieve the mission of the community radio stations; proclaiming the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information are essential to effective and responsible citizenship and participation in a democracy; and promoting reading and the resources and services of the community radio library to the whole community and beyond.

Under the initiative, BNNRC has provided one book self and a set of books to each of the station. The library has included a set of books published by BNNRC on the topics like right to information, how to ensure participation and sustainability of a radio station, effective program making (using formats like development drama), financial management and capacity strengthening of radio practitioners etc. Apart from publications on community radio, this library includes other knowledge materials, information, newsletter, statistical book and research paper on issues of mass media and development.

The library will remain as an essential part of the station which will be updated continuously.

It is expected that the library will provide community radio practitioners and human rights defenders with knowledge, tools and support to respond to freedom of expression, Right to Information, safety and protection of community journalists.

This will build awareness and strengthen understanding among the media practitioners which will effectively engage them in introducing media literacy at community level. Such a knowledge initiative will facilitate multi-stakeholder networks and support strategic linkages between national, regional and local level on the issues relevant to the lives and livelihood.

Source: BNNRC