The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted on 11 February 2009 the Declaration on the role of community media (CM) in promoting social cohesion and intercultural dialogue, you will find the text in English and French attached.
The Community Media Forum Europe http://www.cmfe.eu has been working as an observer with the Group of Specialists on Media Diversity (MC-S-MD) of the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) of the Council of Europe since December 2007 and contributed actively to the drafting of this Declaration, cooperating closely with AMARC Europe.
We are pleased to see the positive results of this work and are convinced that the declaration can support the further development of CM across Europe. This declaration surely helps strengthening the position of CM in national regulatory and legislation processes, e.g. concerning financial support and access to communication infrastructures. It also strengthens the presence of CM on European policy level.
Please help distribute the document to CM and CM-federations in your countries! The Council of Europe and the Ministers of Culture of the 47 member states need and deserve attention for this positive outcome. Please inform CMFE on publications, either on websites (links) or in newsletters, so we can then inform the Council of Europe.
Pieter de Wit, President CMFE + 31 24 3550559 mobile: + 31 6 34150581 mailto: email@example.com