The AMARC Asia-Pacific Campaign against COVID-19

Community radios across the Asia-Pacific region are working hard to help communities deal with the challenges posed by the COVID-19. Individual community radio broadcasters are risking their lives to serve the most relevant and up to date information to their communities.

The AMARC Asia-Pacific Campaign against COVID-19 is an initiative to complement the admirable work of our member stations.

We wish everyone good health and safety. Let’s be vigilant against the virus, the disease it causes and against all forces that challenge our freedom of expression and human rights!

Community Radio Stories : Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic in Asia Pacific

ACORAB’s Effort on Awareness and Information Regarding COVID 19 (Corona Virus).
March 25, 2020.
COVID 19 (Corona Virus) has been spread around 200 countries. WHO has defined this virus as a pandemic disease. Day by day corona infection is increasing around the world. After seeing infection of corona virus in Nepal it has decided to lock down the country and using possible preventing measures. WHO declared Nepal to be one of the vulnerable country to be effected by corona virus. In this situation, ACORAB Nepal and member radio stations are conducting media campaign and awareness raising program regarding COVID 19.
CIN produces 30 minute daily live news bulletin branded as “Sajha Khabar” which goes on air in the morning at 6:00 AM and in the evening at 7:30 PM. Now the news bulleting has been extended for four times a day viewing the importance of trustworthy and reliable information to the people. Continue reading

Washing Hands With Ash, And Other COVID-19 Information From Bangladeshi Community Radio
Christine Ro, Science. Forbes.
A month ago, community radio stations in Bangladesh started broadcasting information related to a quickly spreading threat: COVID-19. The amount of this content escalated rapidly: from 25 hours by March 23rd, to 40 hours three days later.
These 16 stations are non-commercial, donor-supported, locally run, and mostly volunteer-operated. They’re especially useful to communicate with people with low or no literacy, or to keep up with the quickly changing situation on the ground. NGOs like Translators without Borders, which generally depend on face-to-face interaction in Bangladesh, are turning to other formats. “Some of the partners that we’re working with are using radio, which of course is ideal,” says Ellie Kemp, head of crisis response for Translators without Borders. Continue reading

Coronavirus Outbreak: Hope govt recognises valuable role played by community radio stations at great risk and cost, says professor Vinod Pavarala.
Simantik Dowerah Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Firstpost.
It was a Supreme Court judgment in the Union of India and Cricket Association of Bengal case by justices PB Sawant and S Mohan on 9 February, 1995, that acknowledged “airwaves or frequencies” as “public property” paving the way for a community radio movement in India.
However, it took seven long years before the government approved the first policy for community radios in 2002 but restricting permission only to educational institutions to establish community radio stations. It was finally in 2006 that grassroots organisations like NGOs and other not-for-profit organisations were allowed to set up community radios in India. Continue reading

Editorial: Community Radio Leads the Crusade against COVID-19 in South Asia.
Apr 23, 2020 UNESCO Chair on Community Media. Department of Communication. University of Hyderabad.
Community broadcasters recording a program at Radio Dhimsa studio, Source- Radio Dhimsa Facebook Page
Not surprisingly, community has emerged as a critical player in the battle to vanquish COVID-19 and the coronavirus. While a cure remains elusive, community awareness, community preparedness and community participation have emerged as the key catalysts to combat the pandemic. These, however, are easier articulated than addressed when viewed in the context of a sub-continent as diverse as South Asia. Rich-poor, literate-non literate, rural-urban, inclusion-exclusion – just a few of the baffling array of binaries, contrasts, complexities, and cultures exhibited in the region that pose formidable challenges in terms of access, equity, and participation. It is here that the importance of the community radio (CR) comes in.  Continue reading

Editorial: Community Radio Leads the Crusade against COVID-19 in South Asia.
Apr 23, 2020 UNESCO Chair on Community Media. Department of Communication. University of Hyderabad.
Community broadcasters recording a program at Radio Dhimsa studio, Source- Radio Dhimsa Facebook Page
Not surprisingly, community has emerged as a critical player in the battle to vanquish COVID-19 and the coronavirus. While a cure remains elusive, community awareness, community preparedness and community participation have emerged as the key catalysts to combat the pandemic. These, however, are easier articulated than addressed when viewed in the context of a sub-continent as diverse as South Asia. Rich-poor, literate-non literate, rural-urban, inclusion-exclusion – just a few of the baffling array of binaries, contrasts, complexities, and cultures exhibited in the region that pose formidable challenges in terms of access, equity, and participation. It is here that the importance of the community radio (CR) comes in.  Continue reading

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