Communications Rights

Indymedia journalist killed by Oaxacan paramilitaries while covering conflict

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On Oct. 27, New York-based Indymedia journalist and videographer Brad Will was shot and killed in Oaxaca by armed thugs supporting the state's embattled governor Ulises Ruiz. The shooting took place amidst a government/military crackdown on pro-democracy protests calling for Ruiz's resignation. Will was one of a number of indepedent media journalists in Oaxaca covering the conflict; he was one of at least six people killed during the weekend by government-supported paramilitaries. Establishment media reporting on the conflict is obscuring the largely one-sided nature of the violence, and suggesting that the pro-democracy movement, rather than state oppression, is the cause of turmoil. Meanwhile, as part of an increased crackdown, paramilitaries and police have shut down Oaxacan community media outlets.

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Against an imperial Internet

Katrina and the politics of disposability

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In the current blitz of media remembrance, memories of the 9/11 victims legitimate the discourses of militarism, national honor and patriotism, while Katrina invokes memories of pathology.

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The Google-YouTube Tango

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Under the radar of all but the most savvy Internet users, powerful commercial forces are rapidly creating a digital media system for the United States that threatens to undermine our ability to create a civil and just society.

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Jordan to be site of international radio conference

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Amman community radio wil host AMARC conference net month

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Radio waves incite rebellion in Oaxaca

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OAXACA, Mexico, Oct 5 (IPS) - "Compañeros, the enemy is the State." That was Thursday's wake-up call to its listeners from La Ley, a private radio station taken over by activists in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, which is fuelling social unrest that has the state government backed into a corner.

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Community media in a global knowledge economy: a chat with Nolan Bowie

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Nolan Bowie joined the Alliance for Community Media’s Equal Opportunity Caucus for a lunchtime chat about the future of electronic media regulation during the ACM's international conference in Boston, July 2006.

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Will we have communications rights?

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A great struggle for our free press and our creative culture is happening right now. Our rights to communicate, to share political ideas without fear of censure, and to create and recreate our culture together, are the core of a free society. Those rights are spelled out in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the US, our constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of the press are meant to ensure that we all benefit from what the Supreme Court has described as "an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will prevail." In this reciprocal "market," our right to see and hear other people's free speech is as essential to our democracy as our right to speak for ourselves.

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From a jail to a community radio station: revolution in Venezuela made tangible

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In the Caracas neighborhood el 23 de Enero, revolutionary pragmatism is a fact of everyday life. Their community radio station is no exception.

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey