Prison Radios as Tools of Communication with the Inner and Outer World

By: Gergely Gosztonyi  

There are two basic goals for the law enforcement: all those who are judged by the independent judiciary to be separated from society and on the other hand to do everything to ensure that the prisoners have the chance to reintegrate into the community. The meaningful activity can help the convicts not go onto the so-called 'prison socialization' path or reduce the inaction associated with the closed space and the strict agenda. In the UK the Prison Radio Association was set up in 2006, and after one year of its work, the world's first prison radio started its broadcasting in the HM Brixton Prison in 2007. Since 2013 the PRA broadcasted in more than one hundred UK and Wales. Since that time, similar initiatives have started in Scotland, Sweden, Israel, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago. And in 2014, the first prison radio in Central-Eastern-Europe started its broadcasting in Hungary at the Vác Prison. All those experiences show that even those underrepresented groups like prisoners could benefit a lot from some aspects of freedom of expression. The target audience is where the creators of the programs are: behind the grid. PRA is an example of everything that is commonly referred to as the third leg of the three-stage media system, the alternative or community media. It is built on the content created by prisoners and broadcast to the prisoners. By the community, to the community. With this new tool, prisoners have begun to engage in entertainment, learning and development.

FoE, Prison, Radio
Media Literacies
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Gergely Gosztonyi

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Eötvös Loránd University, ELTE, Hungary
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Dr. Gergely Gosztonyi, Ph.D. (1978) - Hungarian media lawyer and researcher. Graduated in 2003 at the Faculty of Law, Eötvösö Loránd University (ELTE), he is teaching at the same place since that time. He has a Ph.D. in Media Law. Among others, one of his research fields is alternative media and non-profit broadcasting, especially the third-media-sector in the European legislation. He studies sociology and political sciences for one year in Finland and media law for a half a year in Denmark. Between 2000-2004 he was the office coordinator of the Hungarian Federation of Free Radios and between 2004-2006 he was the managing director og Civil Radio FM98, a community radio in Budapest. Since Between 2010-2017 he was the Head of the Rector's Cabinet of Eötvös Loránd University. He is a member of the European Communication research and Education Association (ECREA) and Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE). Since 2015 he is the coach of the Hungarian Team for the Oxford University's yearly Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.