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WACC joins Global Forum for Media Development

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27 Jan 2021 WACC joins Global Forum for Media Development Posted at 14:28h in Uncategorised by Marites (Tess) Sison WACC Global is now member of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), an international network of about 200 journalism and media development organisations from more than 70 countries, which supports “the creation and strengthening of journalism and free, independent, sustainable,… Read more »

Working for WACC, ‘I felt like I was part of a global community,’ says intern 

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27 Jan 2021 Working for WACC, ‘I felt like I was part of a global community,’ says intern  When she began her stint last September as an international development intern at WACC, Sohailia Saywack said she expected to be “deeply immersed” in the 2020 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), the organization’s flagship initiative that studies the representation of women in… Read more »

Argentina: Making Access to Communication more Affordable

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24 Jan 2021 Argentina: Making Access to Communication more Affordable Posted at 14:20h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Affordability a major hurdle in ensuring equitable access Today, access to the internet and mobile phones is critical for people everywhere. Still, 40% of the world’s population has no access to the internet[i], with countries such as India (50%), Ethiopia (81%), and… Read more »

Silencing Trump, preserving free speech?

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18 Jan 2021 Silencing Trump, preserving free speech? Following the riot at the US Capitol on January 6, the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter, followed by other online platforms, suspended and then banned President Donald Trump’s accounts due, as Twitter put it, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Many welcomed the action and some called it… Read more »

New Year Message from WACC’s President

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13 Jan 2021 New Year Message from WACC’s President Posted at 11:24h in Uncategorised by Marites (Tess) Sison Dear WACC Members and Partners, We enter this New Year2021 like many others in the past, full of hope and promise. However, unlike previous years we are entering 2021 loaded with the burdens of 2020, where the events and developments on our… Read more »

New Year, new digital responsibilities

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11 Jan 2021 New Year, new digital responsibilities Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Last year – and even as recently as January 6, 2021 – saw anti-democratic tendencies and misinformation magnified by social media in several countries, contributing to near breakdowns in the rule of law. It is time for stringent regulation of social media companies and… Read more »

Remembering the past to reimagine the future

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21 Dec 2020 Remembering the past to reimagine the future Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Cloud storage and hard drives are today’s scrapbooks, records, and memories. In his book delete (2009), Viktor Mayer-Schönberger explored “The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age”. He writes, “As humans we do not travel ignorantly through time. With our capacity to… Read more »

Mongolia journalists, students learn how to use their gender ethics compass

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18 Dec 2020 Mongolia journalists, students learn how to use their gender ethics compass Twenty students and 20 young journalists in Mongolia have gained a better understanding of gender equality in reporting after taking part in a WACC-supported project implemented by the Press Institute of Mongolia’s School of Journalism.   The project, Increasing awareness of gender inequality in media content in… Read more »

WACC: ‘Uphold migrants’ dignity and humanity’

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18 Dec 2020 WACC: ‘Uphold migrants’ dignity and humanity’ On December 18, International Migrants Day, WACC calls on governments, civil society, the international community, and other interested actors around the world to work together to promote a rights-based approach to migration — one that upholds migrants’ dignity and humanity, and promotes dialogue and understanding between migrants and host communities. This year’s theme… Read more »

Empowering women by tackling online harassment and abuse

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14 Dec 2020 Empowering women by tackling online harassment and abuse Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996 says, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” In other words,… Read more »