By Evan Light
The World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) held its 9th conference and general meeting in Amman, Jordan from 11-17 November. Founded in Montréal in 1983, AMARC is the world body of community radio stations and affiliated groups and counts a membership of over 3500 associates from all six habitable continents. Every four years, its general assembly and world conference are held in a region of the world in which media freedom is on the cusp of becoming a reality. In this case, the government of Jordan recently loosened their restrictions on the freedom of expression and are one of few countries in the Middle East to allow for licensed community broadcasting. AmmanNet, the local host of the conference, received their FM license in July 2005 after four years of Internet broadcasting. Currently, there are three community stations in the country operating alongside five commercial and five State radios.