February 12, 2013, Suva. Community broadcasters and advocates have called for legislative reform and recommended that media policy formulation should involve CSOs and recognize community as a distinct sector especially with regard to licensing, fees and spectrum allocation.
Issues concerning development of community broadcasting in Pacific Island countries were also raised during the inaugural Pacific Islands Community Radio Roundtable held between 11 and 12 February 2013 in Suva, Fiji Islands. The Roundtable was convened jointly by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC Asia Pacific) and FemLINKPACIFIC in collaboration with the WACC Pacific regional committee. More than 50 participants highlighted across Asia-Pacific participated in the consultations. The need to place communication rights at the centre of media democratization was highlighted and co-related to the Pacific Islands Forum’s Digital Strategy in the context of needs and realities of different Pacific Island countries.
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(Source: AMARC ASIA-PACIFIC)