Communication rights in action in Latin America

By Tita Aveggio - 2009

Nowadays Latin American governments rarely exercise censorship in the media. However, many governments throughout the region are using taxpayers’ money and State power to exercise a form of ‘soft censorship’ in the media. These include withholding or withdrawing government advertising, granting favourable advertising public funds to friendly media, direct payments to journalists for favourable coverage, declining broadcasting licenses or obstructing access of information sources to certain media.

This the argument of Fundar, a Mexican organisation dedicated to public advocacy and monitoring of public policies and institutions (www.fundar.org.mx ), in a Citizens’ Action Profile written for the Centro de Relaciones Programas las Américas (IRC) in Mexico.

A partner of WACC, IRC (http://www.ircamericas.org) publishes and distributes materials and resources that help in the construction of citizen’s agendas in five areas of work including communication rights. In 2007 IRC received support from WACC to produce a number of citizen’s profiles, a format that systematizes different social action experiences in a way that allows other groups to learn from the experience and to replicate them in the context of their own struggles.

WACC’s support was earmarked for profiles on communication rights in action. Below is a list of profiles that are available in Spanish and English.

FUNDAR: Nuevos modelos para nuevos retos democráticos
http://ircamericas.org/esp/6256

Radio Atipiri
http://www.ircamericas.org/esp/6183

Comunicación popular en el MST
http://www.ircamericas.org/esp/6174

Radio Ñomndaa, La palabra del agua
http://www.ircamericas.org/esp/6161

Medios de comunicación comunitarios argentinos luchan por tener acceso y una reforma legal
http://www.ircamericas.org/esp/6160

Grupos de Ciudadanos se Organizan para Acabar con la "Censura Blanda" y Garantizar la Libertad de Expresión
http://www.ircamericas.org/esp/6064

Radios Comunitarias en México
http://www.ircamericas.org/esp/6020

La comunicación indígena en un mundo globalizado: Las estrategias del FIOB en sus luchas en México y EEUU
http://www.ircamericas.org/esp/5771

Mejoran su cobertura los periodistas ambientales mexicanos
http://www.ircamericas.org/esp/5572


By Tita Aveggio| 2009
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Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.

 

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