December 24, 2002 edition
Vol.1, Issue 4
Dearest RFPI Supporters and Listeners,
2002 has been a year full of challenges and difficulties for RFPI, perhaps the hardest year it has experienced in its existence. However,
due to the commitment of our listeners and supporters, RFPI has made it
through the year and is now able to enter 2003 in better shape than we
would have thought possible.
13 years ago, RFPI was visited by Doctor Harry Bury (a long time peace
activist) who helped us plan our vision for our young radio project. He
asked us to map out our vision for the first year, the first five years
and the first ten years. This we did; by the end of the 10 year plan we
wanted to have our own offices and studios (we were based in an area little bigger than a closet at the time) and a high powered shortwave
transmitter capable of providing a quality signal with 24 hour programming
to our listeners. As we sit today in our offices up on the mountain, with the volcano in the far distance, listening to our 24 hour a day
programming, we realize that we are living and operating the vision proposed a decade ago.
2003 promises to be a milestone year and the beginning of the next 10 year
vision, some of which has already started and we will build on from 2003.
The new Peace Journalism and Progressive Media Through Radio course
will be starting on January 27th and running throughout the year. RFPI
has trained over three hundred peace journalists in the last 15 years and is becoming a center of excellence for the training of independent
international journalists in the areas of human rights, social justice
and environmental reporting. Besides supporting the station through funds raised, it creates a trained network of independent journalists
who contribute to the station and other independent outlets in the rest
of the world on an ongoing basis after completing their training.
RFPI has been asked in the past to train indigenous people here in Costa
Rica to enable them to make use of the frequencies set aside for their use
by the Costa Rican government and is hoping to gain funding to allow us
to do this in 2003. RFPI will also run courses for Costa Ricans as part
of the push towards facilitating the setting up of other community radio
stations here and world-wide. We have long-term expertise in setting up
radio stations and managing them on little money, as well as technical
knowledge regarding production, transmitter-building, etc which we want
to share with independent organizations who want to set up their own radio stations. We recognize that we are living through times where the
battle of information, and access to it, information output and control
is a critical tool of contemporary political struggle with independent
media at its core and we want to play a very active part in dealing with
Within the next two years, RFPI will bring back its Progressive News Network, which was a popular Monday-Friday RFPI-produced world news
program, unhindered by corporate involvement.
RFPI will work towards the establishment of a Latin America-based independent news agency, (as called for by the McBride report many
years ago now, commissioned by UNESCO, identifying the coming "New World
Information and Communication Order" as a cause for grave concern and advocating amongst other things, greater support for independent media
and the establishment of such news agencies in continents other than North America and Europe.)
Directly connected to this, in 2003 RFPI plans to launch a campaign directed at UNESCO which will assess and criticize its failure to fully
implement the McBride Report .One World, Many Voices, culminating in an open letter and report to be signed by independent media all over
the world and submitted to UNESCO with proposals for their future role
in supporting democratic communications for the new century. Stay tuned
for more information on this.
RFPI will be adding to our current line up of programming with more independent programs sourced from a wider variety of countries and
independent producers from all over the world. We will also be increasing
our in-house productions and beginning our Spanish language programming
Amongst planned RFPI in-house productions will be a history and personal
stories from indigenous people in Costa Rica and recordings of the indigenous language local to the area where the radio station is based
which is currently dying out, to be shared in projects with local schools,
a regular Migration report, as well as a regular report on events in Colombia and the activities of peace movements there. We also plan some
innovative programming made by children for children all over the world.
RFPI will be on the cutting edge of radio production by bringing you internet interactive radio, thus bringing listeners into the radio show
en masse for the live exchange of ideas from one side of the world to the other.
We hope to have our 24 hour web-casting service fixed again early in 2003 and are struggling through red tape and bureaucracy in order to
make this happen once again.
We ask all our members to help support this vision by contributing your
own ideas as well as financial assistance. None of these great projects
can be achieved without you, and we would not be here today if you had
not given us such strong support over the years. This year we ask you to support us as much as ever in this new stage of
RFPI's history and to stay with us and watch the unfolding of our collective dream.
Please contact us here at RFPI if they have any questions or comments about Vista Online, our programming, or the station in general. If any
of you have comments or ideas on how we can improve our service to you,
or you want to send us a donation, enquire about the Peace Journalism course or volunteering with us, please send us a note via e-mail or
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Radio For Peace International
PO Box 75
Cuidad Colon, San Jose, Costa Rica
Tel. +506 - 249 1821
Fax. +506 - 249 1095
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We wish you a peaceful holiday on behalf of all the RFPI staff.
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