UNESCO Chair on Community Media speaking in Cyprus 11 October 2012

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(Nicosia, 10/10/12) The UNESCO Chair on Community Media Professor Vinod Pavarala will be speaking on Thursday 11 October from 8pm at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia, at an event organised by the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipality.

Vinod Pavarala, who is Professor of Communication at the University of Hyderabad in his native India, is on a five-day visit to Cyprus upon invitation to attend a series of civil society events aimed at raising awareness of the importance of community media in Cyprus. He will be joined on the podium this Thursday by representatives from the Nicosia Municipality and the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO, as well as the Director of the Cyprus Radio and Television Authority, Neophytos Epaminondas.

In his talk Professor Pavarala will outline the ways in which community media can work with local authorities as part of a mutually beneficial relationship. “The challenge for community media organisations is to negotiate a linkage to local governments that is cooperative, yet independent, retaining the critical edge that lends credibility to their activities … Local governments could offer accommodation in public buildings either rent-free or at nominal rents or through waiving of local taxes”, said Pavarala.

This coming Friday Professor Pavarala will also be leading discussions on the role of media in promoting social change at the Euro-Mediterranean Souk, due to take place in the grounds of the Ledra Palace hotel. The Souk is an initiative of the Cyprus Islandwide NGO Development Platform (CYINDEP), one of the organisations supporting Professor Pavarala’s visit.

Both events are organised under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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