Radio can be "difference between life and death" in emergencies

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Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General (left), Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information at the UN (center left), Anne Bennett, Executive Director of Hirondelle USA (center right), and Pamela Falk, President of the UN Correspondents Association (right), speaking at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Photo: Melanie Futorian

Radio plays an essential role in situations of conflict or disaster, sometimes making the "difference between life and death", according to an international media expert.

Anne Bennett, is the Executive Director of Hirondelle USA, a non-profit organization that sets up and supports independent media in post-conflict or humanitarian situations.

She is also a senior fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative research centre, specializing in radio.

Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira ahead of World Radio Day 2016, Ms Bennett explained the power of radio during an emergency.

Duration: 4'43"

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