|AMARC'S DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES
(World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters)
The objective of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) is to support the work of its members and facilitate their development, promoting the principles of international co-operation and solidarity.
AMARC desires to give a voice to forces in favour of social change, such as women, liberation movements, minorities and the disabled. This desire must be reflected in the structures of AMARC at all levels.
This declaration is the expression of a common vision of the practice of community broadcasting and of the perspectives for action that guide AMARC
and its members.
Community Radio responds primarily to the needs of the communities it serves contributing to their development within a progressive perspective in favour of social change.
Community Radio strives to democratise communication through community participation in different aspects of the radio's activity, which may take different forms in accordance with each specific social context.
Members of AMARC:
1) believe in the need to establish a new world information order founded on more just relationships and equitable exchanges among peoples;
2) contribute to the expression of different social, political and cultural movements and in the promotion of all initiatives supporting peace, friendship among different peoples, democracy and development;
3) recognise the fundamental and specific role of women in establishing new practices of communication. Participation of women is essential in the decision - making structures of community radios and in their programming which also reflects the specific concerns of women and their legitimate demands;
4) express through their programming the following principles:
- sovereignty and independence of all peoples;
- solidarity and non-intervention in the internal affairs of other countries;
- international co-operation based on the creation of permanent and widespread ties on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual respect;
- non-discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual preference or religion;
- respect for the cultural identity of peoples.