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 »

WACC partner launches first feminist community radio in Mexico

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16 Jun WACC partner launches first feminist community radio in Mexico WACC partner Alianza por el Derecho Humano de las Mujeres a Comunicar (ADEHMAC) has launched Violeta Radio, a feminist community radio station in Mexico City that seeks to integrate gender equality across the board – from its management structure to all content produced.   The radio station came as a result of years of advocacy by ADEHMAC to have… Read more »

Time to stand up for journalism and journalists – again!

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15 Jun Time to stand up for journalism and journalists – again! Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Democracy stands or falls by its guarantee of freedom of expression and opinion and an independent press. Two tragic events have thrown that statement into sharp relief: the global coronavirus pandemic and the murder of George Floyd in the USA…. Read more »

‘Made in Mexico’ transmitter built by WACC partner benefits Indigenous community radio

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10 Jun ‘Made in Mexico’ transmitter built by WACC partner benefits Indigenous community radio Posted at 14:13h in News by Marites (Tess) Sison A civil society organization and WACC partner has assembled what is believed to be the first of its kind “Made in Mexico” transmitter, allowing Indigenous community radio stations to save about 200% on capital costs.   After seeing many community radio stations struggle with sustainability… Read more »

Upgrading digital infrastructure to serve all people everywhere

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08 Jun Upgrading digital infrastructure to serve all people everywhere Posted at 00:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Ownership of mobile phones, especially smartphones, is spreading rapidly across the globe. Yet, there are still many people in emerging economies who do not own a mobile phone, or who share one with others. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2019… Read more »