No-Nonsense Guides

Six-pages of useful information on different aspects of communication intended for practitioners and activists.

   

Citizen journalism and freedom of expression
Digital platforms have the potential to redress what many perceive as an imbalance between professional journalism and alternative sources of information. Citizen journalism can try to go it alone, or it can complement traditional journalism.
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   The Great Internet Grab: Who wins, who loses?

Controlling or restricting access to or the publication of information on the Internet amounts to censorship. What restrictions, if any, should be placed on the Internet?
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  Communicating Women and Peace and Security
How can women’s participation at decision-making levels in peace processes be strengthened? How can the number of women at decision-making levels in national, regional and global institutions involved in preventing, managing, and resolving conflicts be increased?
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  Media, the Right to Information, and Poverty Reduction
Strengthening the voices of people living in poverty improves understandings and actions aimed at addressing poverty, injustice, and inequality. What are the problems and what is being done?
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  The Right to Information
The citizens of at least 90 countries and territories now have laws enabling them to obtain government records and other information. So, what does it mean to have a ‘right to information’? Why is it important? What has been its impact?
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  Derecho a la información
Las y los ciudadanos de por los menos 90 países y territorios ahora cuentan con legislación que les permite acceder a los registros de los gobiernos y otra información. ¿Entonces, qué significa tener un “derecho a la información”?, ¿por qué es importante?, ¿cuál ha sido su impacto?
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  Droit a l'information
Les citoyens d’au moins 90 pays et territoires disposent désormais de lois leur permettant d’accéder aux documents et autres renseignements détenus par les organismes publics. Alors, qu’est-ce que le « droit à l’information » ? Pourquoi est-il important ? Quel a été son impact ?
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  Media Observatories, Good Governance, and Good Citizenship
What are media observatories? What do they do? How do they contribute to better democracy, greater accountability and social justice?
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  Communication, Climate Justice and Climate Change
Climate justice urges action to avoid catastrophic climate change and to address the social, ecological, political, and economic causes of the climate crisis. It aims to promote and strengthen the rights and voices of ordinary people affected by climate change.
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  Indigenous Peoples' Communication Rights
Indigenous peoples are distinctive through their particular way of life, beliefs, and relationship to the environment. In what ways do indigenous peoples’ communication rights differ from ordinary communication rights? What particular questions need to be addressed?
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  Communication Rights
What are ‘communication rights’? How do they relate to ‘human rights’? How do they differ from ‘freedom of expression’? Communication rights help build an environment in which people are better equipped to communicate creatively, critically and competently.
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  New Technologies and Social Justice
The new technologies produced by the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, cognitive science and information are no longer the stuff of science fiction. The development and use of such technologies raise important ethical questions especially in regard to social justice.
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  HIV/AIDS, Gender Equality and Communication
Gender inequality is a key factor in the spread of HIV/AIDS. Power relations lie at the heart of a pandemic that disproportionately affects women and young girls. For this reason, tackling gender inequality is central to tackling the pandemic itself.
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  Digitization of the World
Digitization and digital technologies are invading many aspects of contemporary life. This resource identifies current developments in digital books, digital newspapers and - believe it or not! - digitizing people.
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  Peace Journalism
This guide summarises the relatively short history of peace journalism, the concept, its gender dimension, the controversy it has provoked among journalists, and notes the research agenda that has sprung up as a result. It includes ‘Ten Commandments’ for peace journalism that could inform both theory and practice.
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