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Media narratives shape public attitudes towards migrants, says WACC panel

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09 Apr 2021 Media narratives shape public attitudes towards migrants, says WACC panel Migrants are struggling to have their voices heard, whether in Europe –  where far-right populist parties are stoking a backlash against migration—  or in Asia, Africa and South America, where they face growing xenophobia and negative portrayal in the news media,  WACC panelists told an online discussion… Read more »

WACC leaders urge faith communicators to champion gender equality in the news

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09 Apr 2021 WACC leaders urge faith communicators to champion gender equality in the news WACC leaders on April 8 urged the 2021  Religion Communicators Convention (RCC) to pick up the findings of the 2020 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) and assess their own communication channels to determine whether they are contributing to the continued invisibility of women and gender… Read more »

WACC partner launches social media campaign to promote digital literacy in Gaza Strip

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07 Apr 2021 WACC partner launches social media campaign to promote digital literacy in Gaza Strip For three straight days in December 2020, women and girls in the Gaza Strip were given pointers and reminders about safe browsing on digital platforms, including how they can protect themselves and their data through a social media campaign launched by the Community Media… Read more »

Trust is a two-way street

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05 Apr 2021 Trust is a two-way street Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley The theme of WACC’s annual report for 2020 is “Truthful Voices Matter”. What appears to be self-evident reflects a growing perception that public interest media need to rebuild trust in their news content and opinions: by demonstrating impartiality, balance, and transparency. Why is trust… Read more »

WACC, WCC to host ‘Communication for Social Justice in the Digital Age’ symposium

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30 Mar 2021 WACC, WCC to host ‘Communication for Social Justice in the Digital Age’ symposium “Communication for Social Justice in the Digital Age,” an international symposium jointly hosted by WACC and the World Council of Churches (WCC), will offer a chance to explore new visions for digital justice, public space, and actions that will make a difference. Scheduled September… Read more »

Narrative on refugee children, adolescents needs reframing

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30 Mar 2021 Narrative on refugee children, adolescents needs reframing Representing refugee children and adolescents as “empowered individuals rather than hopeless victims” in the news media could help the public see their potential for contributing to society’s success and counteract perceptions of them as being in constant need of support.   This was one of the key points raised by a… Read more »

Are Indigenous Voices Being Heard?

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Civil society to World Bank: Ensure human rights in Covid-19 support process

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24 Mar 2021 Civil society to World Bank: Ensure human rights in Covid-19 support process Civil society groups urged the World Bank on March 23 to exercise due diligence in supporting Covid-19 responses, citing how some governments have been using the pandemic as a pretext to restrict civic space and silence independent watchdogs. More than 160 countries have imposed more… Read more »

Digital justice, still waiting in the wings

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22 Mar 2021 Digital justice, still waiting in the wings Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Everyone agrees that social media are failing to distinguish between truth and lies. That’s partly because the line is easily blurred, but also because social media are corporate entities running on profit. Few people agree on how to tackle the problem of… Read more »

UN member states must address gender representation in the news, says GMMP co-ordinator

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19 Mar 2021 UN member states must address gender representation in the news, says GMMP co-ordinator The news media are “downplaying women’s leadership during the greatest health crisis of our time,” said Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) global co-ordinator Sarah Macharia during a virtual informal meeting of the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women March… Read more »