Author Archives: WACC Europe

The essential role of public service media during Covid-19

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By Staff on May 26, 2020   International public service media from G-7 countries have reported “strong audience increases” since the Covid-19 pandemic, which they interpret as a show of confidence for the “reliable and independent information” they deliver on multiple communication platforms, in a variety of languages, on all continents.  The global health crisis has illustrated that public service media are “at the service of the general interest, democratic… Read more »

Indigenous knowledge critical to addressing climate change

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Indigenous peoples are “not mere victims of climate change,” asserts researcher and conservation biologist Gleb Raygorodetsky in Why traditional knowledge holds the key to climate change, one of the articles in the latest issue of Media Development, WACC Global’s international quarterly journal. The issue explores the theme, Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change: Bridging the Gap.   While Indigenous peoples comprise only 4% of the world’s population, (between 250 to 300 million people), “they utilize 22% of… Read more »

Publication explores ‘Spirit of Truth in a Digital Age’

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                      Photo: Johnson Wang/Unsplash    What does it mean to be human in the digital age? What do advances in communication technology mean for communication rights and other human rights? “Do we live in a ‘post‐truth’ era?”  These are some of the questions explored in the latest issue of The Ecumenical Review, the quarterly journal of the… Read more »

Guatemala’s Ixil people launch their own Indigenous community radio

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  “Community Radio Tiichajil Tenam was set up “in order to deepen its engagement with local authorities and citizens, as well as to become a more meaningful space the promotion of Indigenous rights and culture at the local level.” Photo: Asociación de Grupo de Mujeres Tejedoras Ixiles Q’imb’al,   In 2016, the Asociación de Grupo de Mujeres Tejedoras Ixiles Q’imb’al, a women-led civil society organization from Guatemala’s Ixil region, listened to the desire of their… Read more »

Colombia: Broadcast media set up donations for those affected by pandemic

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   WACC is surveying its community media partners on their response to COVID-19 and their needs to help keep the communities they serve informed and safe. Community media need your help! Please donate to the Community Media Rapid Response Fund. The Intercultural Media Network of Indigenous Peoples (RIMCOPI) and Alcalá radio and television are using their air waves to seek donations for families who are facing hunger due to the impact of Covid-19.     Families who rely on daily wages have been unable to go to work or have had their hours of work reduced due to emergency measures undertaken by government and… Read more »

Migrant voices in the time of Covid-19

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Originally from Colombia, Lorenzo Vargas has worked as a media producer, communications consultant, teacher, researcher and facilitator with organizations in the non-profit and education sector in Toronto, Montreal, and southern Brazil. He holds an Honours BA in International Development from York University, and an MA in Communication Studies from McGill University, where he studied the relationship between media production, active… Read more »

World Press Freedom Day: WACC urges support for independent, unbiased media

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Photo: Reflect Reality project/Internews  “Journalism without Fear or Favour” is the theme of World Press Freedom Day, Sunday, May 3, 2020. It takes place in a complex landscape, where traditional media and social media compete for trustworthiness and relevance. The sub-themes of this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) are no less important with a focus on the safety of… Read more »

Pandemic response must address gender-based violence, say faith-based groups

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    Lockdowns imposed by governments worldwide to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have forced women “to stay at homes where they are not safe or secure,” according to faith-based groups. Photo: Eric Ward/Unsplash   Covid-19 responses of governments and civil society should include strategies to address and prevent sexual and gender-based violence, said a statement issued by a global collective of religious groups and faith-based… Read more »