...but still a lot of global wasteland
CMFE 2013 estimate puts the number of community radio stations in the world to 16.740 operating in 85 countries. Most stations are located in Latin America 6.600 (40 %). In Europe there are 2.230 stations in 30 countries.
Regions typically lacking community radio are Russia and other former Soviet Union states, China, North Africa and the Middle East. This clearly reflects non-democratic rule and restricted freedom of speech in those countries.
This estimate is made by CMFE in order to get a global perspective when promoting and developing community media in Europe. This estimate will be precision tuned, including community television and presented later together with a country listing later in 2013.
If you have any questions or will contribute to our mapping please mail mapping [a] cmfe.eu
The 2012 Mapping of European Community Media