Association of Community Radio Broadcasters’ Nepal (ACORAB), UNESCO Kathmandu office and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC Asia-Pacific) had celebrated 9th World radio day by organizing different program at federal, provincial and local level.
The theme for WRD 2020 is ‘Radio and Diversity.’ UNESCO has called upon broadcasters to uphold diversity, both in the newsroom and on the airwaves. Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out to the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.
A National level interactive discussion program was organized on 13 Feb 2020 in Kathmandu. 130 participants from diverse sectors representing the Former Prime Minister, constitutional bodies, UN agencies, as well as high level government officials, development partners, journalists and advocates of free media were participated in the program. Chief Guests former Prime Minister honorable Jhalanath Khanal, Member of Parliament honorable Pushpa Bhusal, Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission honorable Anup Raj Sharma, UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal Valerie Julliand, UNESCO Representative to Nepal Christian Manhart, and Chairperson of ACORAB Subas Khatiwada put their remarks during the opening session of the program. All the speakers expressed their solidarity to independent broadcasting and speak on how s/he can support its development.
Three thematic sessions were conducted followed by opening session. The first session was focused on how enabling policies and legislations can promote all-round diversity in the broadcasting media and if such condition can be achieved in Nepal. Similarly, the second session was focused to take stock of the inclusive-ness of radio programs. This session covered the issues like as inter-linkages between different types of broadcasting, dimensions of diversity of content in terms of language, issues, influence of location and influence of radio owners on content diversity.
Likewise, the last session was conducted for sharing the status, issues and challenges from broadcasting representatives from seven provinces.
Similarly, provincial level interactive discussion was also conducted in all seven provinces. Provincial level interactive discussion program was organized on 7th February in Hetauda of Bagmati Province, on 8th February in Dang of Province No. 5 and on 11th February in Province No.1, Province No.2, Gandaki Province, Karnalai Province and Sudur Paschim Province. Altogether more than 500 participants from diverse sector were participated in province level programs. In all of the program, formal opening session was conducted where all the guests expressed their solidarity to independent broadcasting and speak on how s/he can support its development. Similarly, one interactive session was conducted in each of the program for discussing all-round diversity in local radio broadcasting and the pre-conditions for achieving the desired levels of diversity in terms of content, people's participation, resource allocation.