13.02.2017 - UNESCO Office in Brussels

Its World Radio Day! Learn how UNESCO-EU project in Jordan supports local and community radios

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Brussels, 13 February 2017. On the occasion of World Radio Day, celebrated annually on February 13, learn about UNESCO’s EU-funded project Support to Media in Jordan.

Through the generous funding of the European Union, the UNESCO project Support to Media in Jordan supports five local and community radios across Jordan. By doing so, the project enables communities outside of Amman to voice their ideas and concerns across the country. One of the local radio supported thanks to the project is the one in Al Dhlayl’s Zarqa governate.

“Al Dhlayl is a big region and it is not covered by the media. The people here need a voice that speaks for them and their needs,” said Najwa Suleiman, director of Attaya Charity Association, who worked on establishing the first community radios in Zarqa governorate. “We wanted to address the problems that we have in the community, and we want the voice of the people to reach the government officials,” she added.

Through supporting local and community radio stations, the EU-funded project has provided a platform to bring communities together across Jordan, and the possibility for citizens outside the capital of Amman to convey their ideas and concerns. This is in line with the message of this year celebrations for World Radio Day: Radio is You!

As underline by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova ‘Radio gives voice to women and men everywhere. It listens to audiences and responds to needs. It is a force for human rights and dignity and a powerful enabler of solutions to the challenges all societies face.This is why radio is important to taking forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’

 

In the case of Jordan, the project has proven that an increased radio coverage has increased the audience, and also trust in the media in the country. Citizens have become more open to talking to the media, which has helped improve radio content and production. Radio has proven specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level.

The Project Support to Media in Jordan started in 2014. Its primary objective is to strengthen an enabling regulatory and institutional environment and to build the capacity for an independent, quality based media sector in Jordan serving the entire population. With this, the project supports Jordan in its efforts to strengthen Jordanian democracy and the possibility for men, women and youth to express themselves and access credible information. 

 

Watch UNESCO Amman’s video on the impact of Support to Media in Jordan on local and community radios




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