Creating an inclusive space, in which volunteers can; build, sustain and have ownership of a communally representative and editorially independent creative platform.
Developing and sharing a wide range of skills including; creative IT software, audio recording hardware, interview technique and language development. Enabling volunteers to contribute to all the creative processes involved in running the station.
Fostering new and developing existing relationships between media activists and wider local and global communities. Contributing to a democratic, pluralist society by promoting the free flow of information and the right for all to communicate.
Jungala Radio is based in an unofficial refugee camp in Calais, which the media refers to as “The Jungle” or “the migrant camp known as the Jungle”. In July 2016, a census conducted by NGO Help Refugees, revealed there were 7,037 people living in the camp, a number which has steadily increased over the summer months.
While the French government provide accommodation for around 1,500 people, mainly in communal converted shipping containers. The large majority of refugees are left living in tents or thin wooden shelters, built by small volunteer organisations, vulnerable to the elements.
Refugees travelling to and across Europe have limited or no access to media platforms, digital tools and the Internet. This makes it difficult for these communities to challenge the negative mainstream media narratives and public attitudes that surround them.
Jungala Radio was developed as a communicative platform for refugees to engage, create and challenge dominant mainstream narratives, by producing their own digital content and asserting full editorial autonomy over their voices.
“Internationally agreed standards for the provision of aid and protection in refugee situations are nowhere to be found in Calais. Humanitarian ratios for the provision of the basics in emergency conditions like the number of toilets per person are being blatantly disregarded. This is a blight on Europe, who should and can do better.”
LEIGH DAYNES- Executive Director, Doctors of the World