The importance of providing new channels for Arab voices will be the focus of the second annual Community Media Conference for the Arab World, Aswatona 2013, to be held in the Egyptian capital Cairo 25-28 February and involving over 100 Arab community broadcasters and online media activists.
The conference has been organised by Amman-based Community Media Network and UK-based Community Media Solutions in association with UNESCO and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). The event is supported by the Swedish Agency for International Development (SIDA) and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Daoud Kuttab, director general of Community Media Network says the conference aims at hearing media experiences from the Arab world, exchanging ideas and assessing the legal and administrative environment for community broadcasting: "In the past year we have helped establish seven community radio stations and we have produced legal studies on the media laws in various Arab countries."
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(Source: Community Media Forum Europe)