Floods ravage Assam once again. The Brahmaputra Community Radio Station (BCRS), run by Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) from Dibrugarh’s Maijan Ghat along the mighty Brahmaputra is now under flood water. Broadcasting is halted temporarily for now and disruption of electricity supply. Click here to read more. Source: Assam Times Photography: Bhaskar Bhuyan, BCRS coordinator.
Note: Cyclone Komen underscored the importance of community radio in reckoning with disaster. Even before the cyclone struck the country, seven community radio stations ensured that timely information reached local communities as discussed in the following story. Seven Community Radio Stations that operate in coastal region of Bangladesh continuously broadcast 65 hours of programmes to address cyclone `Komen’ in line with Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The activities were initiated about a week prior to Komen’s onslaught. Click here to read more. Source: CR News
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad, and Pakistan Community Media Network in collaboration with Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi organized the ‘National Consultation on Community Radio for Learning’ in Islamabad, Pakistan on May 25, 2015. While chairing the consultation’s preliminary session, AIOU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shahid Siddiqui announced the University’s decision to strengthen media support through an enhanced FM radio network for its students. Underlining the importance of radio broadcasting in education and societal reformation, the Vice-Chancellor also emphasized its relevance in terms of easy accessibility. Click here to read more. Source: CR News