Founded in 2004, Community Media Forum Europe links various members of the Third Media Sector at the European level. CMFE is a common platform for networks, national federations and projects active within this sector. It has an observer status with the Steering Committee on the Media and Information Society (CDMSI) of the Council of Europe and is part of the CoE International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) Conference. Currently, CMFE has 102 members (of which 28 are National Federations) from 23 European countries. Among its affiliate members it counts also individuals and organisations from Africa, Asia and North America.
See also www.cmfe.eu
According to the CMFE 2012 mapping a total of 2237 community radio stations and 521 community television stations are active across Europe. Correlations between democratic structures and the status of community media can be seen in an attempt not only to count community radio and TV stations but also to compare rankings on the quality of media policy environment as published by ‘Reporters Sans Frontieres’ and the ‘Economist Index’.