Port-au-Prince, HAITI, 3 December 2012 – A community radio silenced for a month by government authorities opened again on Saturday December 1 thanks to the mobilization of members of over a dozen community radio stations, press organizations and others in the southern city of Les Cayes.
Community radio representatives, academicians and regulators from 20 Western, Central and Eastern Europe countries gathered in Budapest for the International Forum “Public Policies and Media Pluralism. The future of Community Radio in Central and East Europe” in order to discuss the current state of pluralism in the region.
In what is being hailed as a precedent setting move in Latin America, Bolivian president Carlos D. Mesa Gisbert has signed a decree on broadcasting that paves the way for legal recognition of community radio stations, reports the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC).
Under the Decree on Community-Based Radio Broadcasting, community radio stations in Bolivia are given full access to the country’s airwaves, including the ability to advertise.