Radio frequencies should be protected in times of emergency.

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The immediate accessibility of radio frequencies is essential to saving lives. These frequencies should be protected in times of emergency.

Key messages to explore on or around World Radio Day, 13 February 2016:

  1. Radio frequencies and their accessibility during times of emergency and disaster must be secured and assured. The blocking of essential radio frequencies can harm lives and prevent radio’s ability to disseminate vital information.
  2. The frequencies dedicated to radio broadcasting in an emergency should remain free and accessible.
  3. Radio broadcast frequencies can also become vulnerable in times of emergency. States should have protection plans in place for emergency radio frequencies.