The Bridge Radio is a new online community radio platform making radio about migration politics, freedom of movements, migrant struggles, deportation and borders. We hope to create a diversity of radio programs that includes discussions, music, entertainment, as well as programs about (colonial-) history or culture.
The Bridge Radio is a media where people in the asylum camps and with experience of migration can share everyday experiences, strategies, ideas for mobilization, tips and tricks. We aim to break theo isolation between the asylum camps and create links to people living outside of the camps. We believe that the exercise of border controls, state control, detention and asylum procedures are oppressive by nature.
The Bridge radio is a community radio for and by people in the asylum system and with migration experience, however in the radio there are also people with citizenship. The Radio group consists of people with different legal status - with and without danish citizenship and with different personal experiences of migration.. We hope to build a broad network of reporters in the camps.
Being a community radio means that it is about creating networks, dialogue and having a focus on getting the community talking - this also beyond radio transmission. The radio is there for the community, not opposite. It is about the community being able to mobilize, being in control of our means of communication and being able to create own narratives. We wish to create a radio that is dialogical, meaning that the the listener can speak and hear - are turned active and brought into relationship. The radio should work as a tool of mobilization, that can break isolation between the different asylum camps and connect people in struggles for rights. Only by raising our voices, changes can happen.
To create a self-organised radio, we see as an effort of creating and maintaining an autonomous zone in the globalized media landscape. We want to break and counteract mainstream representations of constructed categories of 'the migrant', 'the refugee' or 'asylum seeker' and instead tell our own stories of movement from the point of the real experts - namely people being in movement.
The Bridge Radio is also a platform for learning about how to make radio. Members in the radio have different experience with making radio - for some it is first time to work with radio others are trained as journalists. Together we are learning how to produce and distribute radio. For this we have the Bridge Radio School where we invite people with experience in making radio to teach or we share knowledge between each others.
The Bridge Radio condemn any form of discrimination - whether based on religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, skin colour - and will at any point reject such views as despicable. The radio works from an anti-imperial, decolonial, anti-statist, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-fascist and feminist stance.
The Radio was initiated in the Trampoline House in Copenhagen in spring 2015. The work in the radio is voluntary which means that no one receives salary for the work in the radio. It is independent of any economic, commercial, party-political and state interests.