Radio "a force for human rights and dignity," says UNESCO chief

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The enduring power of radio to bring people together is being celebrated by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, this Monday, World Radio Day.

In her message for the day, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova described radio as "a force for human rights and dignity."

World Radio Day, observed annually on 13 February, also marks the establishment of UN Radio in 1946.

Dianne Penn reports.

Ms Bokova said radio remains a crucial source of information and knowledge that connects people with the world.

It gives voice to women and men everywhere, while also listening to audiences and responding to needs.

Ms Bokova pointed out that "We are living a revolution in how we share and access information—and, yet, in the midst of deep change, radio has never been so dynamic, engaging and important."

The UNESCO chief called for "a new commitment" to radio, urging broadcasters, regulators and audiences to make the most of its power.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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