U.N. devotes a day to mark free expression via radio

The role of radio as a facilitator of education, freedom of expression and public debate will be celebrated as World Radio Day is observed for the first time today by the U. N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

With the ability to reach up to 95 per cent of the world’s population, radio is the most prevalent mass medium which has the ability to reach remote communities and marginalized groups at a low cost, said the U.N. agency. It has also proven to be highly resilient as its scope and distribution platforms have grown with the development of new technologies, it added.

The observance of the day on Feb. 13 also marks the anniversary of UN Radio, which was launched in 1946.

However, the U.N. agency noted that worldwide, up to one billion people still do not have access to radio. In Nepal, for example, almost one fifth of the people live in areas without radio coverage.

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