Community-based communication discussed in Chile


AmarcChileFrom Tuesday May 26 to Thursday May 28, 2015, some 80 community radio communicators from indigenous communities in Chile, international guests and Chilean officials came together for an international seminar to address “Community Communication for the New Century“. The gathering had a particular focus on the communication needs of indigenous communities.

The “Community Communication for the New Century” seminar was organized in Santiago de Chile by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), with support from the National Council for Culture and Arts (CNCA), the National Corporation for Indigenous Development (CONADI), the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency, Bread for the World, the Municipality of Santiago, the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center and UNESCO.
The seminar opened with presentations from Latin America, Africa, Europe and Chile on the status of the laws governing community radio, the standards of freedom of expression and the role of community radio in the reactivation of the minority languages.

Also on the schedule was a training workshop, realized with the support of Bread for the World, on diversity in community media. Nearly 50 workshop participants deliberated the reasons for lack of diversity in community radio stations. This discussion was greatly enriched by the international experiences of the attendees.

Participants made a commitment to creating a national inter-sectorial roundtable, which will include Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency, National Council for Culture and Arts, National Corporation for Indigenous Development, and Department of Telecommunications, as well as representatives of community radio stations. It will engage in designing policies that promote and support indigenous radio communication, as well as expedite the processing of the bill that removes criminal sanctions for broadcasting without authorization.

For more information, see the full article on the AMARC website.

Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) gathers more than 4,000 community radios, federations and community media stakeholders in more than 150 countries.

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