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WACC must discern its role in addressing ‘weaponization of information’

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By Staff on April 05, 2019 WACC honorary member Dennis Smith says social media platforms have become an essential part of the communication infrastructure that they are “essentially, public utilities and therefore, must be held accountable.  Photo: Contributed Information manipulation or the so-called “weaponization of social media” has been the subject of many discussions and studies in recent years. Even military… Read more »

European Christian communicators’ assembly to tackle hate speech, fake news

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By Staff on April 03, 2019   Hungarian soldiers and police search refugees and migrants entering the country at Beremend, a village along Hungary’s border with Croatia. Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants from Syria and other countries flowed through Hungary in 2015, on their way to western Europe. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance About 50 Christian communicators are expected to… Read more »

Global Media Monitoring Project 2020 needs volunteers

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Volunteers from Georgia monitor digital stories during the 2015 Global Media Monitoring Project. Photo: Contributed Do you have a passion for either gender equality, women’s rights, human rights, or ethical journalism? Are you curious about how to unpack and analyze media content from a gender perspective?  Would you or your organization like to take part in gathering data about how… Read more »

Indigenous radio increases reach in Puebla, Mexico

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By Staff on March 26, 2019 Radio Tzinaka was established in 2002 by young Nahua people who wanted to establish a “local dialogue and communication space” in the Nahuatl language. Photo: Contributed The purchase of a 300-watt transmitter and the construction of a radio cabin, recording studio, and antenna has allowed Radio Tzinaka, a community radio station in Tzinacapan, in Mexico’s… Read more »

WACC’s Caribbean Regional Association Elects New Executive Committee

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(L to R) Edner Decime, Michelle Golding, Corinne Barnes, Ary Regis, Marylin Hyacinth, and Maximiliano Duenas-Guzman: WACC’s Regional Executive Committee (2019-2022). Photo: WACC Global WACC Caribbean, WACC’s regional association in the Caribbean, held its General Assembly on February 27, 2019. The Assembly was held online, though a number of members were able to gather in person to participate in the… Read more »

WACC e-book compiles editorials on critical issues facing communications & social justice

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By Marites (Tess) Sison on March 20, 2019 WACC’s electronic book compiles compelling editorials about the role of communications in creating more just societies worldwide. Image: Saskia Rowley Since 1970, WACC has published Media Development, a quarterly journal that has examined critical issues about the role of communications in promoting social justice worldwide. A historian delving into at how communications have… Read more »

Post-truth era threatens communication rights

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By Staff on March 20, 2019   “I see communication rights as a fundamental right for all people,” says Piet Halma, one of WACC’s honorary life membrs. Photo: Harold van Beele Living in a post-truth era, where people disregard facts or cherry-pick those that bolster their own beliefs, is the biggest challenge facing communication rights of people around the world, says… Read more »

Newar radio campaign helps push gov’t to compensate those affected by Kathmandu road expansion

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By Staff on March 19, 2019 Radio Janasanchar reporter interviews community member affected by the Nepalese government’s road expansion project in Kathmandu Valley. Photo: Radio Janasanchar Newar Indigenous peoples displaced by a road expansion in Bhaktapur Municipality, Kathmandu Valley, have been promised compensation by the Nepalese government as a result of the local community’s activism, including a sustained public awareness campaign,… Read more »

Shrinking democratic space, rise of far-right populism threaten communication rights

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By Staff on March 15, 2019    Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women is one of WACC’s Honorary Life Members. Photo: Contributed The shrinking space for civil society, increasing religious fundamentalism and the rise of far-right populism around the world are major developments that hinder people’s right to communicate, says Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, one of WACC’s… Read more »

‘New window’ opens for Delhi’s migrant women, girls

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Young migrant women record a video as part of a digital media workshop aimed at building their skills and confidence. The training was conducted by WACC partner Ideosync Media Combine. Photo: Ideosync Media Combine When the most devastating flood in Bihar’s history came in 1987, Renu Devi recalled that the rampaging waters and landslides had swept away people who were… Read more »