Press release of May 3, 2018
On World Press Freedom Day, AMARC recalls that journalists from thousands of community radio stations play a fundamental role in ensuring daily press freedom around the world.
“Thanks to their journalists, community radio stations are informing tens of millions of people, often located in isolated and marginalized areas, in order to improve their daily lives and their communities. It is time for the sector to be recognized by all states, in the same conditions as other local broadcasters, “said Francesco Diasio, secretary general of AMARC.
The UN recognizes community media workers as journalists to protect.
In dozens of countries, radio stations are censored and sentenced, while journalists are harassed, attacked, detained and even killed. AMARC extends its condolences to the families and relatives of the nine journalists killed and six seriously injured in the double bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 30.
As every year, AMARC, an NGO associated with UNESCO, calls for respect for the press freedom of States, international organizations, NGOs, private companies, individuals and media regulators.
Francesco Diasio, Secretary General of AMARC