Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media
by Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, FemLINKPacific, Fiji
Ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3 and a Community Radio Roundtable made possible with assistance from UNESCO, the European Union and International Women's Development Agency, FemLINKPacific joins the global network of Community Radio broadcasters (AMARC) in calling for greater regulatory recognition of community radios, and a greater equity in frequency allocation and transmission allocation.
AMARC calls upon States and governments, and press and audiovisual regulatory authorities to respect their engagements for press and audiovisual freedom of expression.
Community Radios all over the world should be able to develop and work in safe economic and legal environments. Their broadcast rights should be further recognized and reinforced. Community radios are the ones that allow the excluded and marginalized – particularly women and the poor – to express themselves publicly and these should be further recognized by the international community.
May 3rd was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the UNESCO's General Conference in 1991.
It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom. In dozens of countries around the world, radios are censored, fined, or simply didn’t have licence to broadcast legally, while journalists and radio directors are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.
"SAFE TO SPEAK : Securing Freedom of Expression in all Media": this is the theme for World Press Freedom Day 2013.
Read more about AMARC here
FemLINKPacific participates in the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) network as regional co-ordinator for the Pacific Region and national co-ordinator for Fiji.