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UNESCO marks first World Radio Day


15:36, February 14, 2012

PARIS, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- UN cultural agency UNESCO on Monday invited broadcasters around the world to celebrate the first World Radio Day, aiming to improve international cooperation among radio broadcasters and encourage decision-makers to create and provide access to information through the most prevalent mass medium.

A general conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last year announced Feb. 13 as the World Radio Day to celebrate radio as a vector for education, freedom of expression and public debate as well as a source of vital information on breaking events such as natural disasters.

According to the International Telecommunication Union, over 75 percent of the world's homes own a radio. Moreover, a growing number of people use broadband connections to access news and interact.

"Radio is the mass medium that reaches the widest audience, especially the most marginalized parts of our societies," said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. "Free, independent and pluralistic radio is essential for healthy societies, it is vital for advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms," she added.

UNESCO has created a website with audio messages in several languages and community radio manuals to encourage public, private and community broadcasters to celebrate the Day.

To answer the UNESCO'S call of celebration of the Radio Day, a variety of practitioners, broadcasting associations and organizations and NGOs in Napel, Cuba, Greece, Britain and some other countries around the world undertook activities or seminars to explore ways in which this traditional communication platform could cover even the most remote and vulnerable communities.

Monday also marks the 66th anniversary of United Nations Radio which was launched in 1946.


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Douglas Hendry at 2012-02-1580.189.170.*
I have been an avid radio listener since the "50"s listening top the BBC, and especially the World Service, every day. So I was surprised to hear today, the 15th of February, that UNESCO had a World Radio Day on the previous day. Why was it so poorly publicised? If I, an enthusiastic listener, knew nothing about it, I can only think that the organisers have not done their job properly. Yours sincerely, D Hendry

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