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Community Radio organized in Islamabad

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.

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Source: CR News

Community Radio in Bangladesh – Including the excluded

Reaching out to children from the margins

Reaching out to children from the margins

Over the years, phrases like voice of the voiceless and including the excluded have been increasingly associated with community radio. But what do they really mean?  Unfortunately, their frequent usage by advocates of community radio would not appear to be adequately justified given the gaps between such precepts and actual practices at the field. Apart from diluting their credibility, such phrases are often dismissed as jargon or platitudes.

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Author: Ashish Sen
Source: CR News

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