TRAI Endorses Ban on Independent News over CR

Prof. Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media The recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on community radio are now out in the public domain. It follows a consultation the regulator had with various stakeholders in the sector recently. Here is a quick summary of the key points: 1. TRAI has expressed its […]

CR groups respond to TRAI on CR policy reform

On May 21, 2014, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a Consultation Paper on ‘Issues Related to Community Radio Stations’ and invited comments from stakeholders. The deadline for submissions ended on June 18, before which, some of the key groups representing CR stations, and organizations engaged in research, capacity-building, and policy advocacy in the sector have responded. Subsequently, TRAI held an open consultation in […]

Zane Ibrahim – the South African CR icon

Community radio has a vast presence in South Africa with over 165 operational radio stations strongly advocating free speech and community empowerment. Zane Ibrahim ushered in a new era of free speech through Bush Radio. Fondly called the ‘father of community radio’, the contribution of Zane to the CR sector, not just in South Africa, but worldwide cannot be quantified. He passed away on May 19, […]

Award for Radio Mewat’s Fayde Ki Baat

SMART/ Radio Mewat won the SKOCH Order-Of-Merit for India’s Best Financial Inclusion and Financial Deepening Projects – 2014 organized by Skoch Group and held on June 20, 2014 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Director, Archana Kapoor, received the award from Ms. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, GoI. The “Fayde Ki Baat” programme, which was the basis of this recognition, […]

CR SOGI movement and CR: Building synergie

Community radio broadcasters and advocates gathered in Seoul in December 2013 for the 3rd AMARC Asia-Pacific Community Radio conference reiterated concern towards the fact that in many parts of the world, including South Asia, people with different Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), are marginalised and denied access to basic human rights. The legal and social status of SOGI people varies greatly around the world and remains hotly contested in political […]