Currently WACC Deputy Director of Programmes and editor of the international journal Media Development. Recent publications include Communicating Peace: Entertaining Angels Unawares (ed.) (2008), and Public Memory, Public Media and the Politics of Justice (ed.) (2012).
UN meetings are often bureaucratic. This one has a sense of urgency.
With its rather dull title, the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is taking place in New York 9-18 July 2019. Its theme is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.By: Philip LeePosted: July 09, 2019 (0) Comments (0) Like
This issue of Media Development goes in search of the missing UN Sustainable Development Goal that underpins all the other SDGs.By: Philip LeePosted: May 12, 2019 (0) Comments (0) Like
Digital communication technologies have become ubiquitous and policymakers are still struggling to respond with appropriate infrastructure and governance models.By: Philip LeePosted: November 11, 2018 (0) Comments (0) Like
Discovering new ways to be effective as well as strategic.By: Philip LeePosted: November 18, 2016 (0) Comments (0) Like
The voice of the people is all very well as long as it can be ignored. While official archives and libraries are subject to authoritarian control, while newspapers can be relied upon to reflect the views and opinions of those in power, and while radio and television can be manipulated, people’s voices and images can be edited and censored. But with the arrival of the Internet and digital communication platforms, all that has changed.
Today, profound changes in the newspaper and journalism industries together with technological convergence risk “seeing much weaker local news media that do less in terms of holding power to account and keeping people informed, less to encourage civic and political engagement, and less to foster community integration than they have in the past.”
The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR) concluded with calls to action on five issues. Each identified how media could help bring about social change.
WACC presentation at Manila seminar stresses need to place communication and multimedia at the heart of the post-2015 global development agenda.By: Philip LeePosted: May 22, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
WACC members approve new governing documents prior to submission to Industry Canada to renew WACC's incorporation.By: Philip LeePosted: March 19, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
Gustavo Andújar has been elected as the new President of SIGNIS, one of WACC's international partners. It is the first time the association has a president coming from Latin America.By: Philip LeePosted: March 03, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
An unusual conversation in the style of a TV chat show took place during the SIGNIS Congress 2014 in Rome, Italy, which concluded on 27 February. Called “A Vision of the Future”, and moderated by Seán-Patrick Lovett, Head of Vatican Radio English Section, it invited speakers to explore the challenges of the new multimedia era.By: Philip LeePosted: February 27, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
The Ecumenical Jury at the 64th Berlinale (6-16 February 2014) awarded its main prize in the Competition to the film Stations of the Cross directed by Dietrich Brüggemann, Germany/France 2014.By: Philip LeePosted: February 18, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
African media can and should do more to tell the story of climate change, according to a new UNESCO publication.By: Philip LeePosted: February 06, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
Civil society organisations around the world call on United Nations to put government accountability and independent media at the centre of a new framework for global development.By: Philip LeePosted: February 06, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
Concerned citizens protesting in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: MEI. WACC deplores the escalating violence…By: Philip LeePosted: January 24, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
Global communication organizations call for freedom of media in post-conflict Syria.By: Philip LeePosted: January 22, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
Greater freedom and internet access for citizens has been met with increased state control, systematic surveillance and censorship of the web.By: Philip LeePosted: January 16, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
Media outlets face retribution if they appear to take sides.By: Philip LeePosted: January 13, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
Time to come clean about the politicization of science.By: Philip LeePosted: January 10, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
Global e-waste could reach annual levels of 65.4 million tonnes by 2017.By: Philip LeePosted: January 07, 2014 (0) Comments (0) Like
Article 19 joins with four NGOs to argue that access to information is central to the post-2015 development agenda.By: Philip LeePosted: December 13, 2013 (0) Comments (0) Like
Panel reviews communication rights, community radio and role of journalists in advancing social and economic justice.
International human rights organisation ARTICLE 19 publishes report on freedom of expression and ICTs.By: Philip LeePosted: December 04, 2013 (0) Comments (0) Like
Writer and film director Atiq Rahimi releases film of his novel Syngué sabour (The Patience Stone).By: Philip LeePosted: December 02, 2013 (0) Comments (0) Like
With bright colours and many photos, WACC’s new web site is vibrant and dynamic.By: Philip LeePosted: November 22, 2013 (0) Comments (0) Like
It was in 1792 that the British writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights, Mary Wollstonecraft, published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects. Her book is a plea for gender equality at a time of political and social ferment the repercussions of which would last more than two centuries.