Celebrating World Radio Day on 13 February
UNESCO together with the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) and many radio stations in Nepal are observing World Radio Day on 13 February through special radio features and a national celebration. All events have the objective to raise awareness about the importance of radio.
World Radio Day, established by UNESCO in 2011 and celebrated on the day when the United Nations Radio was created in 1946, aims at encouraging all those who work in radio broadcasting to provide inclusive and diversified content and information access for the benefit of all regardless of age and gender.
“Nepal has a very vibrant radio landscape and radio remains the medium that reaches the widest audience. Radio helps people in Nepal to engage in discussions on topics that affect them. It can save lives during natural or human-made disasters; and it provides journalists with a platform to report facts and tell their stories” says Axel Plathe, Head of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and UNESCO Representative to Nepal.
Radio is not only the medium with the broadest outreach, but it also has the potential to extent to communities without access to electricity or education. Especially community radios are highly efficient as they give a space to all parts of society, and especially vulnerable groups, to voice their concerns and to contribute to the peace and development process.
But radio can only take on this responsibility, if its journalists have a secure working and living environment. World Radio Day is therefore also a day to lobby for the safety of radio journalists, who are often victims of pressure from a variety of groups, particularly in regional and local radios.
If all forces in society join hands to create a safe environment for radios they can function as bridges between cultures and nations and facilitate dialogue between and within communities.
Radio has transformed Nepal’s past - it remains a powerful force for shaping a more peaceful, more sustainable and more inclusive Nepal.
A sound clip for free use by radio stations in Nepal is at http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/FIELD/Kathmandu/audio/
More audios are at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/world-radio-day/.
World Radio Day crowd map https://worldradioday.crowdmap.com/.
For media enquiries, please contact:
UNESCO Office in Kathmandu
Communication and Information Unit
Tel.: + 977 1 5554396 ext. 29
Kathmandu, 12 February 2013
Press release UNESCO/KAT 02/2013
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