21st Century Key Communication Challenges at the heart of the 25th
Anniversary of AMARC Celebration
Montréal, November 11th, 2008.
Dozens of community radio practitioners and stakeholders met in
Montreal, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of AMARC and reflect on the
challenges of community radio broadcasting. AMARC, in collaboration with
Media@McGill, partners and stakeholders, organised the international
symposium « 25th Anniversary of AMARC : Development and Empowerment
through Community Radio » , November 7th, 2008 in Montreal.
The symposium was covered by Radio Centre-Ville and CKUT and the podcast
is available at http://www.amarc.org/montreal
The participants honoured Michel Delorme, first president of AMARC and
Evelyne Foy, first Secretary General, as representatives of thousands of
community radio broadcasters that have contributed to AMARC successfully
accompanying the development of a global sector of community radio
during the last 25 years. The participants also debated the Montreal
Declaration adding new points to include the changes in world context
since the creation of AMARC, including the appearance of new
technologies, media concentration, globalisation. The participants also
decided to start a community media research network.
The final version of the Montreal Declaration will be published shortly.
The participants interacted on the presentations, among others of
Melissa Cabana of Oxfam Quebec, of Frank LaRue, UN Special Rapporteur on
Freedom of Expression; Ian Pringley of the Commonwealth of Learning, on
the relation between communication and human development, communication
rights and on the promotion of social justice and human rights. The
closing session of the Symposium was opened to all and Amy Goodman from
Democracy Now, was the key note speaker. The presentations are available
Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together
a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community
media stakeholders in more than 115 countries. AMARC advocates for the
right to communicate at the international, national, local and
neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the
community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation.