AMERICA/BRAZIL - Even 15 years are needed to be able to open a community radio

Wednesday, 3 February 2016 media   violence   collaboration  

Sao Paulo (Agenzia Fides) - A study prepared by the organization "Artigo 19", which has the aim to defend freedom of expression of community radio stations in Brazil, denounced the criminalization that the media in this country currently suffer. What further makes things worse is the delay by the authorities (Ministry of Communications) in analyzing the request to open a new radio station and therefore grant concessions. "In some cases, the wait can reach 15 years", notes the study, and the government invests little in public policy for the expansion of the sector.
According to the note sent to Fides, the Federal Public Ministry data show that from 1998 to 2005, Anatel (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicaciones) closed 2,466 "unauthorized" community radio broadcasters in the state of Sao Paulo. In the same period, the Ministry of Communications granted permits to only 352 community radio stations. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 03/02/2016)