The 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 and marginalized communities. BNNRC 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 information, advice and consultancy services, offering support to anyone with an interest in the sector of Community Media through capacity building, research and development & technical cooperation. Since 2010, BNNRC has had Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
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.