The Amnesty International Media Team is launching a talk back radio project. The aims of this project are to bring human rights issues to the attention of the producers and hosts of talk back radio stations, to influence the public debate in an arena where human rights issues are often ignored or maligned and to monitor the coverage of Amnesty issues in talk back radio.
In the short term we are trying to set up a team of 8 activists in Melbourne and Sydney to listen to "The Alan Jones Breakfast Show on 2GB in Sydney"and "Drive with Derryn Hinch of 3AW" in Melbourne. The activists would be asked to monitor if Amnesty topics are discussed, and feed this back to the Media Team.
In a longer term we would like to train the selected activists on Amnesty issues and on how to deal with talkback radio so that they call into the program when a relevant issue is discussed or/and contact other members of the group when an Amnesty issue is raised. Ideally we would also like to develop an SMS network among those activists, so that they can be instantaneously informed when a relevant topic is being discussed, and respond when possible. Ideally we need 8 activist to be able to start the project, and then a lot more to make it really work.
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