Ullah, Mohammad Sahid
June 2010
Global Media Journal: Indian Edition;Jun2010, p1
Academic Journal
Community radio as the citizens' media is capable of harnessing its unique nature for upholding the surpass voices because of its participatory ownership pattern. Bangladesh, a South Asian nation is going to initiate community radio broadcasting with its new policy through providing guarantees the access to information, free expression and increases participation, ensures democracy and governance, protects the rights, facilitates the poverty alleviation process and to secure people's interest with their active participation. Considering some significant benefits, demand for community radio has also been augmented among various civil society activists, right groups and NGOs in Bangladesh. A total of 116 NGOs have applied to set up community radio stations in their respective working areas and have been lobbying to obtain license since 2008. This article focuses on how community radio can find legitimacy by the law of the land as citizen's media, saga for obtaining license and setbacks in lobbying strategies by the applicants where government continues to hold sway over the broadcasting arena.


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