Covid-19 threatens Amazon’s Indigenous people as mining continues, states fail to respond

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08 Jul Covid-19 threatens Amazon’s Indigenous people as mining continues, states fail to respond Non-governmental organizations belonging to the Pan Amazon Social Forum (FOSPA) are raising the alarm about the effects of Covid-19 in the Amazon, saying the highest concentration of cases are in the border towns and areas where mining and other extractivist activities have continued.   Since March, the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) and the Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la… Read more »

Indigenous community radio at the forefront of protecting Ecuador’s ancestral lands

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08 Jul Indigenous community radio at the forefront of protecting Ecuador’s ancestral lands Posted at 10:27h in News by Marites (Tess) Sison In response to growing resource extraction activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, WACC Global is supporting a project that will help four local Indigenous community radio stations produce innovative content that promotes the protection of ancestral lands from a human rights and gender justice perspective.   Mining, oil exploration, industrial… Read more »

Digital literacy workshops empower Palestinian women in Gaza Strip

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07 Jul Digital literacy workshops empower Palestinian women in Gaza Strip Sameera Zoroub, who graduated with a degree in media, used to think that her social media accounts were “secure and protected.”   But when she attended a Digital Security workshop organized in late June by Community Media Centre, a Palestinian NGO, she realized that there was so much she didn’t know about safely navigating the mobile and online world.  At the end of the workshop, Sameera… Read more »

The enemy on your wrist

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06 Jul The enemy on your wrist Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Tags: surveillance, wearables, monitoring tools, privacy Electronic tagging has always been controversial. Today it is being touted in the name of health security. Photo: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, intrusive monitoring tools adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic may further normalize… Read more »

Communication rights project addresses information needs of migrants in the Ecuador-Colombia border

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02 Jul Communication rights project addresses information needs of migrants in the Ecuador-Colombia border A WACC-supported project has been training Ecuadorian and Colombian citizen journalists on investigative journalism, media production, migrants’ rights, and human security to equip them with new skills that will help meet the communication and information needs of migrants and host communities in their midst.   Coordinadora de Medios Comunitarios Populares y Educativos del Ecuador -CORAPE (Ecuadorian Network of Community, Popular and… Read more »

Toppling statues are opportunities for collective reflection

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29 Jun Toppling statues are opportunities for collective reflection Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Protests against racism unleashed by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of police in Minneapolis spread all over the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe in May and June of this year. As the protests spread,… Read more »

In memoriam Neville Jayaweera (1930-2020)

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22 Jun In memoriam Neville Jayaweera (1930-2020) Posted at 21:39h in News, News by Saskia Rowley Neville Jayaweera WACC notes with sadness the death of its former Director of Research and Planning, Neville Jayaweera, at the age of 89. Appointed by Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake, to be both Chairman and Director-General of the then Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation in 1966, Jayaweera… Read more »

Protecting journalists is a balancing act between dictums and dictators

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22 Jun Protecting journalists is a balancing act between dictums and dictators Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley The Philippines is facing another crackdown on media freedoms. Maria Ressa. Photo: Lev Radin/Shutterstock On June 15, 2020, a court in the capital Manila, convicted former CNN journalist Maria Ressa and former Rappler writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. of cyber libel… Read more »

WACC calls for ethical journalism for refugees

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19 Jun WACC calls for ethical journalism for refugees Journalism, and the media, should help people to understand the world around them and to navigate the complexities of our societies. For that truly to happen, no one should be excluded. Journalism can be as much a distorting lens as a magnifying glass. WACC’s media monitoring research in 2017 revealed that… Read more »

Indigenous community radio creates vibrant space for Mexico’s Otomí people

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17 Jun Indigenous community radio creates vibrant space for Mexico’s Otomí people Posted at 10:55h in News by Marites (Tess) Sison An Indigenous community radio in Mexico has established itself as a viable alternative to state-run and commercial broadcasting stations in Santiago de Anaya, Hidalgo state.   Ximai Radio, whose mission is to promote free expression and community participation in order to advance the interests… Read more »