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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...

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 logging and agriculture have been taking a toll on the traditional...

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...

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...

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 of the Hñahñu (Otomí) people, recently completed a strategic planning process...

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...

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 because of the high costs of buying and repairing...

WACC partner Espacio de Comunicacion Insular has urged governments of the Dominican Republic and Haiti to coordinate their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, saying failure to do so would be catastrophic for both countries.  

June 3, 2020  The North American chapter of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC-NA), along with The Associated Church Press and Religion Communicators Council, call upon American law enforcement to immediately cease their interference and abuse of journalists as they cover protests against police brutality and the extrajudicial killings of Black Americans.  American democracy is built on...