Film depicting need for human rights in Central Africa awarded WACC-SIGNIS prize

The WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2016 has been presented to the documentary film Cahier africain by Swiss director Heidi Specogna, who was recognized at an awards ceremony on 19 February in Berlin during the Berlinale film festival. WACC, the World Association for Christian Communication, and SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, recognized the documentary for offering an exemplary human… Read more »

Media Migration Award calls for 2018 entries for reporting on migration

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The Migration Media Award (MMA)is calling for entries until 15 May for the 2018 award, which  recognizes and rewards the journalistic excellence, relevance and newsworthiness of press pieces dealing with migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region in all its aspects. The 2018 aware will reward up to 48 published stories resulting from time-intensive, un-sensationalistic, in-depth reporting and contributing to balance the… Read more »

Join WACC in celebrating World Radio Day 2018

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By Staff on February 13, 2018   Community radio broadcasters from the Dominican Republic. Photo: Espacio de Comunicación Insular. WACC calls on radio broadcasters everywhere to help promote gender equality in their work. February 13 is World Radio Day, an opportunity to celebrate radio and radio broadcasters around the world. World Radio Day is promoted by UNESCO. WACC believes that radio… Read more »

2018 – A great time to be part of WACC!

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    In 2018, WACC is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Last year proved more than ever the importance of WACC’s communication work around the world. Through education, research, advocacy and project support aimed at bringing about positive social change, last year the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) spread the call for communication rights further around the world 2017 marked the… Read more »

Evidence-based journalism vs. sleepwalking into censorship

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  Reporters with various forms of “fake news” from an 1894 illustration by Frederick Burr Opper. Source: Wikipedia. In recent months, public media have come under intense criticism for failing to adhere to an ethic that challenges misinformation and fake news. However, a recent article in WACC’s journal Media Development argued that lies and fabricated or inaccurate stories are the inevitable… Read more »

WACC plans for new leadership in 2018

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By Staff on January 12, 2018 The Board of Directors of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) is looking to the future in anticipation of a leadership transition in 2018.This follows the decision of its General Secretary, the Rev. Dr Karin Achtelstetter, to take on new responsibilities in another organization. Achtelstetter (photo left with Philip Lee) is to leave her… Read more »

School highlights displacement, dialogue and peace building

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  Participants at the Nairobi School on Communication Rights. Photo: WACC. Thirty-five representatives of faith-based and secular civil society organizations from 18 countries participated in WACC’s Communication Rights School held in Nairobi, Kenya, 11-15 December 2017, in collaboration with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC). Facilitated by WACC staff, the School’s aim was to build knowledge, skills and competencies… Read more »

Enabling migrants and refugees to speak for themselves

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By Staff on December 16, 2017   Staff from ACT Alliance member Hungarian Interchurch Aid offer food to a young refugee at Beremend, along Hungary’s border with Croatia. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants flowed through Hungary in 2015 on their way to western Europe from Syria, Iraq and other countries. Photo: Paul Jeffrey. News media the world over have… Read more »

Communication rights underlie peace and social justice

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By Staff on December 08, 2017   Human Rights Day marks the start of a year-long campaign to celebrate the UNDHR’s 70th anniversary in 2018. Human Rights Day falls on 10 December 2017 – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) in 1948. The UNDHR proclaims the rights to which everyone is entitled… Read more »

New way of measuring freedom of expression launched

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By Staff on December 07, 2017   Crowds of people march peacefully August 19, 2017 in downtown Boston protesting against a “Free Speech” rally featuring extremist racist and anti-semitic speakers. Photo courtesy of Telesur. ARTICLE 19 has joined with the social science database V-Dem to launch a tool for assessing freedom of expression and information worldwide. For a number of years,… Read more »