29 Dec 2023 WACC president urges renewed efforts to tackle communication rights challenges in 2024
WACC President Embert Charles is inviting communication rights advocates to renew efforts to advance communication for all in the coming year.
Communication rights challenges “became so stark” in 2023, he says in a New Year’s message to WACC members and partners.
The past year saw “exponential increases in misinformation and disinformation, restrictions on media freedoms, and attacks on journalists,” including killings of media professionals, Charles notes.
Trust in the media has been lost, while people continue to wait for digital technologies to deliver on promises to strengthen democracy and communities, he adds.
In this increasingly difficult context, WACC and its members and partners are committed to continuing to rebuild trust in democratic media and governance and to “promote more balanced communication,” Charles affirms.
Together, we can help address these challenges through our work in the areas of communicative justice, digital justice, and gender justice.
“Let our faiths renew our strength” in the coming year, he urges, inviting people committed to communication justice to join WACC.
“We are working to make 2024 more peaceful, with greater faith placed on trustworthy and unbiased communication and shared actions for peaceful coexistence in our many worlds.”
Civil society representatives call for climate justice during a rally at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in December 2023 in the United Arab Emirates.
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