World Radio Day in Central Asia

12 February 2020

Community and commercial media, as well as journalism universities and media NGOs, joined World Radio Day celebrations. The theme of the year 2020: Radio and Diversity.


Community, commercial and state-owned radio stations broadcast multilingual programs on the celebration with invited experts.

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World Radio Day disseminated in audio form :

and in PDF format.

Message from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on World Radio Day

Along with that, students of journalism universities conducted and broadcast interviews on student radio, discussed the contribution of students from other faculties in the development of their countries, and share multimedia content on social networks.

Community Radios SuusamyrFM and Bakai-AtaFM organized live programs on the theme.

The theme of 2020 is Radio and Diversity.

Radio serves diverse audiences, offering a wide variety of programs and content. Radio should reflect the diversity of communities in its workforce and operations. It can also provide equal opportunities for all to speak out and be represented; it can act as a platform for everyone to hear and learn from a diverse range of sources. Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity and its diversity

Diversity in the newsroom

With equal opportunity policies, according to which everyone should be treated fairly irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, social and socio-economic status etc., radio stations enhance equal access to broadcasting for individuals from different backgrounds. A diverse and representative radio workforce is not only important for idea generation and innovation, it is crucial for countering discrimination and ensuring genuine representation.

Diversity in programming

Through diverse means of transmission, various organizational structures, programming formats and contents, radio reaches vast areas and opens up discussion spaces for a multitude of topics. Featuring a variety of subject matter, languages, music, invited guests, and cited sources, etc., radio can portray, engage and reflect the diversity of humanity, thus fostering respect, inclusion and solidarity.


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