Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC) is a National Apex Body on Community Media Development Working for Building a Democratic Society based on the Principles of Free Flow of Information, Equitable & Affordable Access to Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for remote & marginalized population.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication represents the community media sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Media and Development Partners.
Much of the BNNRC’s work has a strategic emphasis and the organization has been intensely involved in policy advocacy on behalf of the Community Media sector with Government, the regulator Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and other strategic bodies regarding Policy on Community Radio & Broadcasting, Proposed Policy on Community Television, Community Radio Trust Fund, Amateur Radio Operation, Community Media Literacy, and Spectrum allocation.
BNNRC provides a range of advice, information and consultancy, offering support to anyone with an interest in the sector of Community Media through Building Capacity, Research and Development & Technical Cooperation.
Supporting Organization on Community Media like Community Radio, Community Television, Community Film, ICT for Development and Amateur Radio Operation currently exceeds around 250, bringing together established organizations, aspirant groups and individuals within the sector.
BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations from 2010.
BNNRC is registered with NGO Affairs Bureau of Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as a Network and established in 2000 as per Article 19 charter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states:
‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’
BNNRC’s outreach extends to local, national and international forums for communicating Knowledge for Development (KM4D). In this backdrop, communication is recognized as an essential human need and, therefore, as a basic human right. Our working strategies are:
Communicating on the Public Sphere: The role of communication and media in exercising democratic political participation in society
Communicating Knowledge: The terms and means by which knowledge generated by society is communicated, or blocked, for use by different groups.
Civil Rights in Communication: The exercise of civil rights relating to the processes of communication in society &
Cultural Rights in Communication: The communication of diverse cultures, cultural forms and identities at the individual and social levels.