MAPUTO, May 5 (BERNAMA-NNN-AIM) -- The Mozambican Forum of Community Radios (FORCOM) and the European Union (EU) have signed a co-operation agreement under which FORCOM will receive about US$350,000 for a two-year project aimed at raising political awareness and expanding the spaces for dialogue and the provision of information to citizens in the current electoral and democratic processes.
The agreement was signed here Saturday by the European Commission (EC) Delegate in Mozambique, Paul Malin, and the Executive Director of FORCOM, Benilde Nhalivilo, who disclosed that the project seeks to strengthen awareness so that citizens can make free and conscious choices in elections. Through the community radios, she added, citizens would have a voice in democratic processes.
With this project, she said, FORCOM would certainly make a contribution to this year's presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections scheduled for Oct 16.
She urged the government to respect the freedom of the press and of expression of the community radios, and to ensure that the process of migration from analogue to digital systems does not limit citizens' right to information.
If the government does not take appropriate action, she warned, digitalisation "could endanger the existence of the community radios, and could limit citizens'access to information, particularly those who most lack economic and financial resources".....