The 4th AMARC World Conference, an International conference organised by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, is taking place at the University College Dublin Belfield Campus.
The right to communicate is the theme of the week long conference evaluating the role of community radio in the 1990s. Governments around the world were criticised for overlooking community radio in favour of commercial stations.
The conference attracted over 400 people from over 60 countries worldwide. The delegates included broadcasters, development workers and policy workers committed to the belief that
Community radio is the most democratic way of providing access to the microphone.
Addressing the conference Irish journalist Eamonn McCann referred to section 31 of the Broadcasting Act as political censorship which had a debilitating effect on broadcast journalism in Ireland.
Teresa Mannion spoke to Jack Byrne, Chairperson of the National Association of Community Broadcasting, who highlighted the differences between community radio when compared to commercial radio or public service radio.
An RTÉ News report by Teresa Mannion broadcast on 13 August 1990.