Author Archives: WACC Europe

Protecting journalists is a balancing act between dictums and dictators

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22 Jun Protecting journalists is a balancing act between dictums and dictators Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley The Philippines is facing another crackdown on media freedoms. Maria Ressa. Photo: Lev Radin/Shutterstock On June 15, 2020, a court in the capital Manila, convicted former CNN journalist Maria Ressa and former Rappler writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. of cyber libel… Read more »

WACC calls for ethical journalism for refugees

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19 Jun WACC calls for ethical journalism for refugees Journalism, and the media, should help people to understand the world around them and to navigate the complexities of our societies. For that truly to happen, no one should be excluded. Journalism can be as much a distorting lens as a magnifying glass. WACC’s media monitoring research in 2017 revealed that… Read more »

Indigenous community radio creates vibrant space for Mexico’s Otomí people

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17 Jun Indigenous community radio creates vibrant space for Mexico’s Otomí people Posted at 10:55h in News by Marites (Tess) Sison An Indigenous community radio in Mexico has established itself as a viable alternative to state-run and commercial broadcasting stations in Santiago de Anaya, Hidalgo state.   Ximai Radio, whose mission is to promote free expression and community participation in order to advance the interests… Read more »

WACC partner launches first feminist community radio in Mexico

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16 Jun WACC partner launches first feminist community radio in Mexico WACC partner Alianza por el Derecho Humano de las Mujeres a Comunicar (ADEHMAC) has launched Violeta Radio, a feminist community radio station in Mexico City that seeks to integrate gender equality across the board – from its management structure to all content produced.   The radio station came as a result of years of advocacy by ADEHMAC to have… Read more »

Time to stand up for journalism and journalists – again!

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15 Jun Time to stand up for journalism and journalists – again! Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Democracy stands or falls by its guarantee of freedom of expression and opinion and an independent press. Two tragic events have thrown that statement into sharp relief: the global coronavirus pandemic and the murder of George Floyd in the USA…. Read more »

‘Made in Mexico’ transmitter built by WACC partner benefits Indigenous community radio

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10 Jun ‘Made in Mexico’ transmitter built by WACC partner benefits Indigenous community radio Posted at 14:13h in News by Marites (Tess) Sison A civil society organization and WACC partner has assembled what is believed to be the first of its kind “Made in Mexico” transmitter, allowing Indigenous community radio stations to save about 200% on capital costs.   After seeing many community radio stations struggle with sustainability… Read more »

Upgrading digital infrastructure to serve all people everywhere

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08 Jun Upgrading digital infrastructure to serve all people everywhere Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Ownership of mobile phones, especially smartphones, is spreading rapidly across the globe. Yet, there are still many people in emerging economies who do not own a mobile phone, or who share one with others. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2019… Read more »

‘Covid-19 knows no borders’

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03 Jun ‘Covid-19 knows no borders’ Posted at 09:56h in News by Marites (Tess) Sison WACC partner Espacio de Comunicacion Insular has urged governments of the Dominican Republic and Haiti to coordinate their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, saying failure to do so would be catastrophic for both countries.   Concerns have been raised by international health agencies that continuing movements of Haitian migrants who are leaving the Dominican Republic and going… Read more »

World Association for Christian Communication (North America) calls for an end to police attacks on journalists

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03 Jun World Association for Christian Communication (North America) calls for an end to police attacks on journalists June 3, 2020  The North American chapter of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC-NA), along with The Associated Church Press and Religion Communicators Council, call upon American law enforcement to immediately cease their interference and abuse of journalists as they cover protests against police brutality and the extrajudicial killings of Black Americans. … Read more »

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 »