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General Secretary’s message on Human Rights Day 2020

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09 Dec 2020 General Secretary’s message on Human Rights Day 2020 Human Rights Day 2020 Message by Philip Lee, WACC General Secretary Fake news and disinformation, sanctioned by some political leaders and spread by social media, are major threats to democracy today. In late 2016, Oxford Dictionaries selected “post-truth” as the word of the year, defining it as “relating to… Read more »

‘Get vaccinated against misinformation’ radio campaign by WACC partner yields positive results

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08 Dec 2020 ‘Get vaccinated against misinformation’ radio campaign by WACC partner yields positive results About 42, 360 inhabitants of remote Indigenous communities in Guerrero, Mexico are being provided with life-saving information about Covid-19, thanks to WACC-supported radio programs in Mixtec and Spanish produced by local partner, Centro de Investigación en Comunicación Comunitaria A.C. (CICCAC). Broadcast on Radio Zapata 94.1 FM, the… Read more »

Speaking up for decency and dialogue

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07 Dec 2020 Speaking up for decency and dialogue Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Stars on the digital Walk of Infamy are being awarded to world leaders. Former US President Donald Trump, current Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and current Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro have each received one. They have been admonished by Twitter and Facebook for posts… Read more »

Media Development’s new issue tackles ‘Communication in a Time of Crisis’

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30 Nov 2020 Media Development’s new issue tackles ‘Communication in a Time of Crisis’ After a challenging year dominated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the latest issue of Media Development, WACC Global’s quarterly journal, examines “Communication in a Time of Crisis.”  Articles in the issue range from Covid-19 related misinformation to reflections on the impact of the pandemic on human… Read more »

Facial recognition use and abuse

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30 Nov 2020 Facial recognition use and abuse Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Public safety and national security are two advantages of facial recognition technology. Law enforcement agencies use the technology to identify known criminals and to find missing children or seniors. Airports are increasingly adding facial recognition technology to security checkpoints. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Department of… Read more »

Gender equality in the news media lags behind rest of society, says new book

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26 Nov 2020 Gender equality in the news media lags behind rest of society, says new book The news media “misrepresents reality when it comes to the actual progress of gender equality in the world,” according to a new book which draws on data from the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), the International Women’s Media Foundation and the European Institute… Read more »

Indigenous radio: ‘A lot has been achieved, but much remains to be done’

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25 Nov 2020 Indigenous radio: ‘A lot has been achieved, but much remains to be done’ Indigenous community radio stations have been “gaining traction around the world,” but many remain hamstrung by legal, financial, technical and administrative challenges, according to a new study, Are Indigenous Voices Being Heard?  launched online Wednesday, Nov. 25.   Commissioned by WACC Global, Cultural Survival, and the… Read more »

Biosurveillance can threaten human rights

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23 Nov 2020 Biosurveillance can threaten human rights Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Using smartphones to track and trace during the Covid-19 epidemic creates a smokescreen for wider surveillance measures that may infringe people’s right to privacy. Human rights activists are concerned that such data can be used to discriminate against migrants, refugees, and on racial grounds…. Read more »

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