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WACC president urges board, members to ‘get into the trenches again’

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By Staff on September 26, 2019   WACC President Embert Charles at  the Board of Directors meeting in London, Sept. 24-26. Photo: Gregg Brekke President Embert Charles has urged WACC’s new Board of Directors to roll up their sleeves to “reenergise our global movement, regroup and give a stronger voice to the regions.” At this point in its 50-year history, said… Read more »

Solidarity with Dorian victims in the Bahamas

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By Staff on September 25, 2019 ​ Shirley Benemé and her one-year-old daughter Guyana,in a temporary shelter in the Bahamas. They were among those whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian. Photo: UNICEF Instagram/© UNICEF/UN0342028/Moreno Gonzalez The following statement was issued by Ary Regis, President of WACC-Caribe, on September 20, 2019. Dear WACC members, Heartfelt greetings.  This hurricane season in the… Read more »

WACC has ‘key role to play’ in addressing global challenges

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By Staff on September 25, 2019 WACC General Secretary Philip Lee delivers his report at the Board of Directors Meeting in London. Photo: Gregg Brekke In a world beset by problems, including a climate emergency, political conflicts, and shrinking democratic space, WACC’s challenge is to “exercise moral leadership by discovering new directions for the values (it) embraces,” says General Secretary Philip… Read more »

WACC publishes No-Nonsense Guide to Communication Rights and the Internet

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By Staff on September 17, 2019 The Internet has profoundly changed the way people live, work, and communicate. Photo: Stefan Vladimiro/Unsplash Over half of the world’s population of 7.7 billion are connected to the Internet, which has profoundly changed the way people live, work and communicate. The Internet has also transformed entire industries and has had an impact on democracy, human… Read more »

Communication rights essential to democracy, says WACC

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By Staff on September 13, 2019    “In today’s digital world, freedom of expression must still be respected and citizens provided with equitable access to technology and media platforms. A free flow of information to the public must be guaranteed,” says WACC General Philip Lee. Photo: Muhammandtaha Ibrahim/Unsplash Sunday, September 15 is the International Day of Democracy and WACC is promoting… Read more »

WACC draws attention to billions left out of digital technology

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By Staff on September 06, 2019 More than half of the world’s population of 7.7 billion, including Indigenous people and linguistic minorities, often don’t have access to digital communication platforms. Photo: July Brenda Gonzales Callapaza/Unsplash On International Literacy Day, Saturday,  September 8, WACC calls attention to the digital divide that excludes billions of people around the world – including Indigenous people… Read more »

Mayan radio station in Guatemala gets fresh start

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Radio Xyaab Tzuultaq’a leaders and volunteers take part in a workshop on protecting ancestral lands, Maya O’eqchi’ history, Indigenous rights, and women’s rights. Photo: Courtesy of the Asociacion Estorena para el Desarrollo Integral  An Indigenous community radio station in El Estor, Guatemala, is taking a more active role in covering allegations of human rights abuses involving extractive industries in their… Read more »

Climate change displacement on the rise in Kenya, but local media pay scant attention

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By Staff on August 28, 2019   Akeno Ewas Maraka and her children search for wild fruits under a tree in Loberot, Turkana South, in northwest Kenya, where an estimated one million people been affected by the drought, which hit the county in 2017.  Photo: National Council of Churches of Kenya/ACT Alliance An average of 80,000 people are displaced from their… Read more »

WACC, SIGNIS celebrate 50 years of ecumenical TV festival in Europe

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By Staff on August 27, 2019 Theatre director Esther Porcelijn from Tilburg, the Netherlands, with Rabbi Dalfin of the U.S. Chabad-Lubavitch, in a scene from Spot the Differences, which won the Prize for best programme at the European TV Festival of Religious Programmes in 2014. Photo: Courtesy of Signis-WACC European TV Festival of Religious Programmes It began with a simple idea… Read more »

Protect the Amazon rainforest, urges WACC-Latin America

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2011 Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest, near Manaus, Brazil. Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT – Flickr WACC-Latin America has joined other civil society groups around the world in raising concerns over threats facing the Amazon rainforest, including a recent uptick in deforestation and record-setting wildfires. Smoke from the raging wildfires have covered half of Brazil, according to CNN. “…Care of the… Read more »