The 12th edition of UNESCO’s World Radio Day celebrates “Radio and Peace” and how independent radio provides the foundation for democracy and good governance by gathering evidence about what is happening, informing citizens about it in impartial and fact-based terms, explaining what is at stake and brokering dialogue among different groups in society.
Stefan Möller, President, Association of European Radio (AER) says:
“ Radio makes a critical contribution to media pluralism and diversity.
Radio provides significant social and public value, it keeps us up-to-date and well informed with uninterrupted news and information, it alerts us about emergencies and natural disasters
With their news services, radio make a crucial contribution to safeguarding democratic discourse. In the event of a disaster or an emergency situation, radio is the first – and often the only remaining – medium for informing the population.
Radio is our trusted guide, it creates awareness about social issues, it helps us understand complex public problems and ongoing conflicts, it plays a critical role in fostering dialogue among communities.
Radio plays a very crucial role in our lives.
In uncertain times like these it is of the greatest importance for radio to continue to ‘carry the crown’ of being the most trusted medium and continue to be the enabler for democratic societies thriving for peace”.
More about World Radio Day here.
The Association of European Radios (AER) is the Europe-wide trade body for commercial radio, representing the interests of companies operating over 5,000 commercial radio stations to the EU Institutions. The AER’s mission is to promote the development of commercially-funded radio broadcasting in Europe, by advocating for a fair and sustainable economic regulatory framework for radio, which will, in turn, allow commercial radio to continue to deliver significant public value and, beyond that, support media plurality, improve social cohesion and promote European culture.