Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What is community broadcasting?

Community broadcasting is broadcasting from community to the community, covering everyday events and issues related to socio-economic, politics or culture in the languages/s spoken and understood within a geographic area or a community of interest.Many state broadcasters in the region have a tendency of making themselves busy by covering state functions only, deliberately ignoring issues occurring in rural or pre-urban areas, thus creating a vacuum. Community broadcasters have taken up that role to inform, educate and entertain local communities. Currently many countries have not set guidelines on how community broadcasters should operate. MISA will campaign for transformation of Community Broadcasters into fully-fledged entities as provided for in the various SADC Protocols and Declarations and the guidelines as provided in the African Charter on Broadcasting.

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