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Challenging voter manipulation in the US elections

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14 Sep Challenging voter manipulation in the US elections Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Free Press and four allies have filed a lawsuit (27 August 2020) challenging an order against social media companies. The US District Court, Northern District of California, will hear a complaint against President Trump’s “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship”, which targets online… Read more »

WACC welcomes 2020 intern  

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08 Sep WACC welcomes 2020 intern   Sohailia Saywack, a recent graduate of Western University’s MA sociology program and current Master of Global Affairs candidate at the University of Toronto, has joined WACC as an international development intern.   “WACC Global’s mission of promoting communication as a basic human right resonated with my desire to be a part of a synergetic team that advocates for equality,”… Read more »

Democracy demands diversity in the news

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07 Sep Democracy demands diversity in the news Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley How can news organizations practice diversity and how can newsmakers contribute to overcoming division and exclusion? A digital panel session discussed these questions as part of German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum 2020. It focused on the need for news organizations to… Read more »

Workshops on ‘communication for the defense of mother earth’ begin in Colombia

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03 Sep Workshops on ‘communication for the defense of mother earth’ begin in Colombia A “Father Fire” around a tulpa (an Indigenous gathering) greeted communicators and members of Colombia’s Asociación de Cabildos Indigenas de Norte del Cauca (ACIN, Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca) who arrived to conduct the first of a series of workshops on communication, community organizing,… Read more »

Staying silent about Hong Kong is not an option

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31 Aug Staying silent about Hong Kong is not an option Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Media freedom is the freedom to protest. “Hong Kong has long been respected as a powerful global economic hub and lively political and democratic space, supported by a proud and strong independent media. Yet the imposition of the new national security… Read more »

New media laws obstruct the right to communicate

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24 Aug New media laws obstruct the right to communicate Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley A new law in Tanzania tightens controls on cooperation between local and international media outlets. Under new regulations announced by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, which came into force on 10 August 2020, local media must now seek government permission to broadcast… Read more »

Expanding public communication spaces is theme of latest Media Development

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18 Aug Expanding public communication spaces is theme of latest Media Development The new issue of WACC ‘s quarterly journal, Media Development, highlights the role of public communication, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, lessons learned from various responses, and the challenges ahead.  The pandemic highlighted many issues, including the importance of accurate and timely information in saving lives, and the importance of local languages, writes WACC General Secretary Philip Lee in his editorial.  “Responding to… Read more »

Kenya project uses power of community radio to demand good governance

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18 Aug Kenya project uses power of community radio to demand good governance [embedded content] A pilot project that mobilized Kenyan community media to better understand local political processes has, in turn, helped increase civic participation, awareness and transparency on how budgets are spent in eight counties across the country.    The Catholic Media Council (CAMECO), with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development… Read more »

Protected: COVID-19 pandemic and biopolitics in Latin America

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Protected: Tensions between media censorship and regulation in Jamaica

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