November 5, 2011, Kathmandu. Dr. Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights to Freedom of Opinion and Expression held discussions with community radio sector leaders in Nepal about the development priorities of the sector and to assess the freedom of expression situation in general in the country.
In an informal gathering of community broadcasters organised by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters – AMARC Asia Pacific, Dr. La Rue held discussions with key leaders of the sector including office bearers of the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters of Nepal. During the discussion, Dr. La Rue mooted the idea of recommending to the United nations - for its endorsement - a set of standards for community broadcasting. The idea was welcomed and a general understanding has been made to pursue it further through regional consultations among AMARC members. Earlier, speaking to Kathmandu based community radio - Radio Sagarmatha, Dr. La Rue lauded the Nepali community radio sector and the media as a whole for its important role in facilitating the ongoing peace process in the country and pledged his continued support. Dr. La Rue was in an unofficial trip to Nepal and interacted widely with the journalists and human right activists.
Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation.