2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development
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Community Media

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio & Communication
Chief Editor
AHM Bazlur Rahman - S21BR is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC). BNNRC is supported by The Free Press Unlimited - The Netherlands for promoting Community Media in Bangladesh.

AHM Bazlur has more than 20 years’ experience in leveraging community media and right to communication to create successful policy advocacy in Bangladesh in line with community media development.
His areas of expertise straddle community media policy advocacy, ICT for Development, Internet Governance, training, project management especially in the area of community media in development.
In 2000, he established Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC). BNNRC Devoted Entirely to Promote Community Media for Development (CM4D). AHM Bazlur Leads Supports and Advocates for the Initiators to actively provide independent community broadcasting in Bangladesh since 2000.

AHM Bazlur provides leadership and support for rural initiators to facilitate independent electronic community broadcasting services and to build and strengthen rural communities. He actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film] & its work in and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve.
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. BNNRC working strategies are:
1. Communicating on the Public Sphere: The role of communication and media in exercising democratic political participation in society
2. Communicating Knowledge: The terms and means by which knowledge generated by society is communicated, or blocked, for use by different groups.
3. Civil Rights in Communication: The exercise of civil rights relating to the processes of communication in society &
4. Cultural Rights in Communication: The communication of diverse cultures, cultural forms and identities at the individual and social levels.
BNNRC now strives for the following core interventions to contribute in achieving 7th five Years Plan, UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) Action Plan and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)through: Right to Information- RTI for ensuring improved livelihood of the marginalized, ICT for Development- ICT4D for Bridging the Digital Divide in rural areas & Community Radio/Community TV/ Community Film for amplifying voices for the voiceless and Amateur Radio for Disaster Risk Reduction
AHM Bazlur graduated from University of Dhaka and Post graduated from Asian University of Bangladesh in the field of Social Science (MSS) in Government & Politics, He participated in course on Development Management from Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in India and Legislative Development Fellowship (LDF) in USA. He currently founder member of Bangladesh Working Group on UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) headed by Bangladesh Government, Community Radio Monitoring Committee, and National Broadcasting Act Drafting Committee 2016 of Ministry of Information, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, founder member of Bangladesh UN Internet Governance Forum (UN IGF) Headed by Minister, Ministry of Information, Multi-stakeholder Steering Group Members of Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (AP-RIGF) & Distinguish Fellow, Center for e-Parliament Research. Contact: ceo@bnnrc.net | www.bnnrc.net | Cell: 01711881647