• Communicator’s guide to Argentina’s memory, truth and justice process
    Communicator’s guide to Argentina’s memory, truth and justice process
  • WACC Europe elects new Regional Executive Committee
    WACC Europe elects new Regional Executive Committee
  •  Shrinking public spaces compound challenges posed by digital era
    Shrinking public spaces compound challenges posed by digital era
  •  WACC must discern its role in addressing ‘weaponization of information’
    WACC must discern its role in addressing ‘weaponization of information’
  •  Global Media Monitoring Project 2020 needs volunteers
    Global Media Monitoring Project 2020 needs volunteers
  • European Christian communicators’ assembly to tackle hate speech, fake news
    European Christian communicators’ assembly to tackle hate speech, fake news
  •  Indigenous radio increases reach in Puebla, Mexico
    Indigenous radio increases reach in Puebla, Mexico
  • Caribbean Regional Association Elects New Executive Committee
    Caribbean Regional Association Elects New Executive Committee
  •  Post-truth era threatens communication rights
    Post-truth era threatens communication rights
  • WACC e-book feature editorials on communications and social justice
    WACC publishes e-book about communications & social justice
  • Communicator’s guide to Argentina’s memory, truth and justice process
  • WACC Europe elects new Regional Executive Committee
  •  Shrinking public spaces compound challenges posed by digital era
  •  WACC must discern its role in addressing ‘weaponization of information’
  •  Global Media Monitoring Project 2020 needs volunteers
  • European Christian communicators’ assembly to tackle hate speech, fake news
  •  Indigenous radio increases reach in Puebla, Mexico
  • Caribbean Regional Association Elects New Executive Committee
  •  Post-truth era threatens communication rights
  • WACC e-book feature editorials on communications and social justice


Media Development 2019-1

Brave new digital world

What are the challenges confronting a society increasingly dependent on digital technologies? Who is making the rules and determining the values behind using social media? How are societies adapting and what are the prospects for the future? Articles in this issue address these questions and more.

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Community Radio as a Vehicle to Advance Indigenous Rights in South Africa

Valley FM is a community radio station established in 1998 to serve rural communities, most of which are descendants of the Khoisan people, in the the Breede Valley, Langeberg, and Witzenberg municipalities of Western Cape Province South Africa. The Khoisan people, which includes the San, Griqua, Nama, Koranna and Cape Koi groups, lost much of their land and cultural heritage due to Colonialism and Apartheid.  Current Valley FM programming focuses on community engagement of farmers, mainly women, as well as on human rights.

This project’s goal is to strengthen Valley FM’s work to advance the rights of the Khoisan people, a group that has yet to be recognized as an indigenous nation by the South African state, which still classifies them as “coloured” as per the status they had under Apartheid. This is being accomplished by producing weekly in-depth coverage of the main issues affecting the Khoisan people, as well as by convening a series of dialogue and policy-oriented events on constitutional recognition, the preservation of Khoisan languages, and the strengthening of indigenous knowledge systems.

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