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MEDITERRANEAN MARINE PARKS, STORIES OF MEN AND FISH


Further to the success of the previous series devoted to cinema, football and Mediterranean harbors, COPEAM Radio Commission launches a new coproduction on the Mediterranean Marine Parks. Through portraits, the 12 public radios involved will give visibility to the marine…

COPEAM for… “Refugees Stories: Glances from the South”


Turin – 20 September 2014

Audiovisual showcase and debate - COPEAM honorary Prize
66th edition of Prix Italia

In the framework of its 66th edition and in cooperation with COPEAM, Prix Italia organizes a round table around the topic of the…

A homeless Afghan refugee is reflected in the window of a bus as he waits for transportation to a homeless shelter on the outskirts of the city on June 1, 2009 in Paris, France.  Each year, as the conflict in Afghanistan continues to escalate, more and more Afghans choose to flee their homeland in search of work and safety. They follow rumors of freedom and refuge but often end up on the streets, stuck in yet another desperate situation.

I recently spent some time on the streets of Paris with several groups of homeless refugees from Afghanistan.  Stuck in a state of limbo, unable to gain official refugee status and the right to work, unable to make the difficult and illegal crossing to England where they would be able to gain that status and employment, they spend their days and nights on streets trying to survive.

Villemin Square Park in Paris is home to between 150 to 300 Afghan refugees. They store sleeping supplies such as cardboard and blankets in the bushes during the day and at night, after the police have cleared and locked up the park, they enter by sneaking back through a loose fence. They do their best to remain clean, doing laundry and bathing in a park faucet. They sleep through rain and cold temperatures (I slept out with them in June with my nice sleeping bag and woke up in the middle of the night extremely cold) only to be woken up in the morning by the police who clear the park and then re-open it to the public. After coming back they shave in the bushes and all 300 share three overflowing, portable toilets outside of the park, along with the other homeless in the neighborhood.

Unable to work, there is not a lot to do during the days. Some go to Internet cafes and try to find out information about which European Union countries may offer them asylum. Others have taken to drinking, despite their faith.  Fights have become common and a recent murder in the park has shown yet another danger these refugees face.

Most of the men are young and there are no women. Several that I spoke to had worked as interpreters for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. When the Taliban found out that they were assisting the U.S. troops, they received death threats. The US military responded by offering them permits to carry hand guns—they laughed when they told me this story and one said “What will my little gun do against 20 men with AK-47s and rocket launchers?” So, when left with the choice of fleeing their country and leaving their family behind or facing nearly certain death, the choice is obvious.

Others have left for different reasons. One man's entire family had been killed during an aerial bombing run that destroyed his home. Others left merely to avoid such things and some just wanted a new life or the possibility of a good job. 

For now they are stuck. They rely on the Salvation Army for some bread and coffee in the morning and the Red Cross provides a meal service in the evening. A local hospital is tasked with providing them emergency medical care, but one man had been suffering from a headache nearly the entire week I spent with them and each day he was turned away from the hospital.

Towards a Libyan broadcasting public service


COPEAM is the promoter of a training course for journalists and operators of the Libyan National Channel, organized in collaboration with the University of Rome La Sapienza and RAI-Radiotelevisione italiana. This initiative took place in Rome from 19 February to…

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COPEAM for… Plural+ Video Festival 2014


COPEAM supports the 2014 PLURAL+ Video Festival, organised by UNAOC and IOM in cooperation with a wide number of international partners.THE COMPETITION
By 27 June 2014, young people aged between 9 and 25 are invited to submit short videos expressing…

COPEAM for… Plural+ Video Festival 2014

The Binmen of the Med: Coastal cleaning operation – #2nd edition


On 24 May 2014, upon Algerian Radio (ENRS) initiative, COPEAM Radio Commission is organizing the second edition of The Binmen of the Med. This Euro-Mediterranean media and ecological event aims at mobilizing, through a radio coverage, volunteers from 4 countries…

The Binmen of the Med: Coastal cleaning operation – #2nd edition

COPEAM member of the MedMedia project Media Advisory Group


On May 5 in Paris, COPEAM took part in the Media Advisory Group launch meeting in the framework of Med Media, a new EU-funded project aimed at supporting media reforms in the Southern Mediterranean region, which made its debut at…

COPEAM member of the MedMedia project Media Advisory Group

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ARMAN Trophy – 33rd International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary


The award-winning list of the 33rd International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary – ARMAN Trophy – was announced during a ceremony organized in the presence of many personalities at the Hotel de Paris in…

ARMAN Trophy – 33rd International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary

TRT 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS


On the occasion of the 50th anniversary TRT Turkish Radio Television, various national and international events will be organized. In particular an international conference on the theme
“Public service media in the digital era: future, challenges and different…

TRT 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Anima “Hotel Europe”, a new multimedia project of HRT – Croatian public broadcaster


A travel through the Mediterranean countries telling stories about human trafficking.
Follow the project on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

http://anima.hrt.hr/

Anima “Hotel Europe”, a new multimedia project of HRT – Croatian public broadcaster