COMMUNITY RADIO MOVEMENTS IN BANGLADESH: WILL THAT THEY WORK AS CITIZENS' MEDIA?
By Mohammad Sahid Ullah
Relate Professor Department of Connection and Journalism Chittagong School, Chittagong, Bangladesh Email: [email protected] co. uk
Abstract: Community radio since the citizens' media is capable of taking its unique character for upholding the go beyond voices because of its participatory title pattern. Bangladesh, a Southern region Asian country is going to trigger community a radio station broadcasting with its new plan through providing guarantees the access to info, free expression and boosts participation, ensures democracy and governance, protects the privileges, facilitates the lower income alleviation method and to safeguarded people's curiosity with their lively participation. Considering some significant benefits, demand for community radio has also been increased among different civil culture activists, right groups and NGOs in Bangladesh. A total of 116 NGOs possess applied to create community r / c in their respective working areas and have been the lobby to obtain license since 2008. This article focuses on how community radio will find legitimacy by the law of the land because citizen's press, saga to get obtaining permit and challenges in the lobby strategies by the applicants exactly where government continues to hold sway over the transmissions arena. Introduction: Community radio as citizens' media is becoming a new opportunity and obstacle for media practitioners in Bangladesh along with some other Asian countries. Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and the Philippines happen to be among the countries that have been operating different models1 of community radio stations having a significant level of success regarding raising general public awareness and promoting conversation, widening media pluralism as well as the flow details, supporting local governance, attaining sustainability and self dependence. India and Pakistan possess licensed campus radio in several educational institutions included in the process of diversifying their transmission sectors. Diverse groups and organizations inside the diverse Of india society have been completely establishing community radio after getting certificate aimed to enhance democratisation of media and ensure people's rights to know in their respective locations and communities. Bangladesh has begun opening up their airwave through the absolute express monopoly to privatisation by granting permit to the commercial broadcasters and state transmit is being decentralised through building regional r / c.
Transmit media in Bangladesh is currently completely manipulated either by simply urban centered business firms or authorities. Participatory press system is hence disappearing and people's hobbies are quite neglected where they don't have any kind of participation at any level of this mass media climate. Commoners are omitted from getting sufficient benefits in the metropolitan biased press system. Expecting to to coming out of the existing controlled media situation, community a radio station as citizens' media is basically get it is importance between diverse community groups. In this wave, the necessity for community radio provides augmented amongst various civil society organizations, particularly creation activists and NGOs. Besides, the prospect and cost- related consideration increased interest amongst NGOs in Bangladesh to ascertain community car radio in their particular working areas (Ullah and Chowdhury 06\: 20). After call from your government in 2008 much more than 200 NGOs applied for authorization to set up community radio stations and get lobbying to get license in the government. Based on the Ministry info of the Authorities of Bangladesh the National Regulatory Panel recommended 116 applicants to get issuing certificate for community radio transmitting in early 2009 (Azad: 2010). But the federal government is however to consider the issuance of certificate to the job seekers due to several apprehensions. Simply by analyzing the prevailing typical (state-run and private) a radio station broadcasting...
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