Sunday, September 30, 2007

Participatory Communication by Alfonso Gumucio

Photos from a Theater Project in Nigeria to encourage innoculation against polio.
Most rural and urban communities in the Third World do not have a voice. The globalisation of communications during the last decades has imposed over the world not only biased information but also a daily culture that very often is in conflict with local traditions. The communities that have resisted to changes that may annihilate their moral and ethical values have based their strength in their own culture. But many were not strong enough to resist, so they have disappeared as cultures. They only remain as people, added to the margins of the globalised economy. Communication has a very important role to play in defending and promoting cultural identity. In my work I have always kept in mind that communication is tool for participation and organization. Only organized communities, that use communication to strengthen their traditions and to preserve a live memory of their past, can face the challenge of resisting to a uniform and globalised world. I have supported communities to build their own communication systems in several countries, using all possible communication tools, from community radio to popular theatre. I have used film to support the organizational activities of workers in Nicaragua and peasants in Bolivia, rural theatre to promote immunization in Nigeria, audiocassettes to help networking among rural communities in México. Each concrete situation has brought me to develop different communication responses, strategies and tools.From a report on theater for health initiatives:The advantages of popular theatre in Nigeria is that it can be built on existing ritual manifestations, taking advantage of local culture to communicate new messages of benefit for the community. Gumucio (2001) reported that the important and immediate impact of the popular activities resulted from marrying the dramatic performance with service delivery. For cultural reasons, many women in Nigeria did not immunize their children. However, after Jimmy Solanke's performance of The Postman Calls, nurses had to deal with hundreds of women and their children of all ages lining up to get their immunization shots or drops. This had a double benefit: on one hand it created greater awareness among the people in the villages; on the other hand it ensured that the health staff from the local government would go out to the villages on a regular basis, which they were often reluctant to do. **********************************************************
This is Alfonso's contribution to a "chat" about folk culture and development from The Communication Initiative:
In my understanding, folk media is closer to communication than mass media. And there is a simple reason for that: mass media deals with one-way information, whereas community media and folk media deal with two-way communication. We shouldn’t even be specifying that communication is a two-way process, but many still don’t get it. From the Greek and the Latin origins of the word itself, “communication” means sharing and participation, the same as dialogue. Communication that doesn’t involve dialogue and participation is just information. Why do we have two words, “information” and “communication” if people keep using them randomly, as if they were the same? Maybe some do not really like the word “folk” because it relates to “folklore”, which, as we all know is a devaluated and frozen-in-time form of cultural expression. However, the word “folk” means “people”, and we need to rescue it from any distortion in its use. In Spanish we use “popular theatre” or “popular communication” to refer to it, however in English “popular” has become a synonym of popularity, in a frivolous sense. Folk communication (as I prefer to call it, rather than “folk media”) has been around for many years as a tool for development. Brazilian Luiz Beltrao wrote several books about it in the early 1960s and explained in detail its relevance to development. It doesn’t include just popular or street theatre, it also relates to other forms of local cultural expressions, including songs, drums, poetry, puppets, dance, and a wealth of other creative expressions. Durgadas arguments are more than convincing about it, so I won’t repeat.

I’ve personally supported community theatre in programmes in Nigeria, Haiti and Papua New Guinea, in isolated localities in those countries where mass media had no reach or impact at all. It they had reach, their impact was null because it didn’t speak the language and the local culture.

This is precisely why folk communication is so relevant in development, because it interacts with local culture, in the language and themes that are important to the communities. While mass media “campaigns” are aiming larger “publics” with very general messages, folk and community based communication is addressing issues in specific ways and is doing it through local engagement and participation. And we know already that only participation in development leads to ownership of the programmes. You don’t get communities to have ownership by bombarding them with mass media messages. Information does not contribute to sustainability, communication does.

One important issue rose in my own experience with folk media and community theatre: the question of continuity. Communication, as a process, has to be sustainable and sustained. If we want sustainable social change and development, then we also need sustainable communication. In Nigeria we had trained one local theatre group in each Local Government (46 by the time I left) so they could go around the 300 communities within the geographical area covered by the Local Government. I was so enthusiastic about it that I wrote a book: “Popular Theatre” (1995).

The above is to say that folk media has to be a permanent exercise, not just once in a while. It has no impact if performances and activities are conducted once a week, or once a month. It has to be a regular communication activity, built into education, culture and social development. Impact of folk media can only be noticeable if experiences are multiplied by hundreds. Message to development agencies: spend less in your own visibility through mass media and think about development that can be sustainable through participatory communication, including folk media. --Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron

Friday, September 28, 2007

Google Banned in Myanmar

Burma bans Google and gmail Friday, September 28, 2007 Mungpi-- Mizzima News ( June 26, 2006- Burmese authorities have blocked the well-known Google search engine and its mail service gmail, according to internet users in Rangoon. "It has been about a week that we cannot access our mails and use Google," a Rangoon resident said. Users attempting to view either of the sites are confronted with a message saying "Access Denied". An official from Bagan Cybertech, Burma's only internet service provider, confirmed that both Google and gmail were inaccessible but declined to comment further.In an effort to control the flow of information in and out of the country, the Burmese government has banned several websites including yahoo email and hotmail. Amyotharye U Win Naing, a Rangoon based independent political analyst and gmail user told Mizzima, "I think it is because of the increase in internet users . . . Because gmail has a big storage and is easy to use so a lot of people, even government servants, have started using it."This is from, which provides news of the uprising.
This is also from the Ko-htike site.

Citizen Journalists in Myanmar

Citizen Journalists' Evade Blackout On Myanmar News
Blogs and Shaky Videos Find Way Into Mainstream; By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER
Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2007
As Myanmar's regime cracks down on a growing protest movement, "citizen journalists" are breaking the news to the world.
At 1:30 yesterday afternoon, a cellphone buzzed with news for Soe Myint, the editor in chief of Mizzima News, a publication about Myanmar run by exiles in New Delhi.
The message: "There is a tourist shot down" in Yangon, the center of recent protests by Buddhist monks and others against the military junta in Myanmar, formerly Burma. Troops there were clearing the streets, telling protesters they had just minutes to go home -- or be shot.
The text message wasn't from one of Soe Myint's reporters. In fact, he doesn't know who sent the message. He believes it came from one of the more than 100 students, activists and ordinary citizens who have been feeding him reports, images and video of the violent events unfolding in recent days.
In the age of YouTube, cellphone cameras and text messaging, technology is playing a critical role in helping news organizations and international groups follow Myanmar's biggest protests in nearly two decades. Citizen witnesses are using cellphones and the Internet to beam out images of bloodied monks and street fires, subverting the Myanmar government's effort to control media coverage and present a sanitized version of the uprising. The Associated Press reported yesterday that soldiers in Yangon fired automatic weapons into a crowd of demonstrators as tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters converged in the capital. Wire services have reported the number of dead at nine, citing the state media.
The BBC, which has a Burmese language Web site and radio service, is encouraging its audience to send in photos, like the ones it received of a monk's monastery that had been ransacked by authorities. A shaky video, now on YouTube, shows a sea of chanting and clapping monks draped in red robes marching down a street, past Buddhist monuments. One blog features a photo showing two abandoned, bloodstained sandals.
Another blog was updated at 3 p.m. Myanmar time yesterday with a few English lines: "Right now they're using fire engines and hitting people and dragging them onto E2000 trucks and most of them are girls and people are shouting." Below the post is a blurry photo of trucks with the caption, "This is how they come out and try to kill people."
Who produced these reports -- or how the information got out of Myanmar -- hasn't been established. But that's the point in a country where people caught protesting or writing against the government risk years in prison.
The last time there was a protest of this scale in Myanmar was 1988, when a pro-democracy uprising was crushed by the military and more than 3,000 people died. First reports of that event came from diplomats and official media. "Technology has changed everything," says Aung Zaw, a Myanmar exile whose Thailand publication Irrawaddy has been covering events in Burma hour-by-hour, with reports gathered online. "Now in a split second, you have the story," says the editor.
According to the AP, on Thursday Myanmar's state-run newspaper blamed the protests in Yangon, formerly called Rangoon, on "saboteurs inside and outside the nation." It also said that the demonstrations were much smaller than foreign media were reporting.
The events are a trial by fire for so-called citizen journalists, who cover events that professional journalists can't get to. The Myanmar government has successfully kept out many reporters, some of whom are filing their stories about events in Myanmar from India and Thailand.
The AP, Reuters and other media have been retransmitting photos and reports given to them by exile media organizations like Mizzima, Irrawaddy, and the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma. Those outfits are acting as a clearinghouse for images and reports produced by people in Myanmar.
Time Warner Inc.'s CNN, which had its own reporter in Myanmar on Wednesday, has also been airing 65 clips and pictures from tourists and Myanmar residents sent in via its "ireport" citizen-journalist system.
"When traditional methods and professional journalists can't provide footage, and personal safety allows, citizens rise to the challenge time and again, often with remarkable material," said Ellana Lee, the managing editor of CNN Asia Pacific in an email. "Even in countries like Myanmar, the spread of the Internet and mobile phones has meant that footage will always continue to get through and the story will be told, one way or another."
Still, working with inexperienced journalists can be a challenge for news organizations that want to publish credible, balanced information. Reuters, which has a reporter stationed in Yangon, says content from citizen journalists is rigorously checked for accuracy.
Speaking of his correspondents, Aung Zaw, the editor of Irrawaddy, says, "They are doing their job on the ground, and nobody is even giving them the assignment. It is our job to check again with our sources, to see how close to the truth it is."
For example, he says his staff had a long discussion on Wednesday night about how many deaths had occurred during that day's bloody protests. The government was reporting one death, but his sources were saying possibly three, six or seven people died. In the end, after counting known specific cases, Irrawaddy made the "very difficult call" to say there were six deaths, says Aung Zaw. "We also said this number couldn't be confirmed."
After Mizzima's Soe Myint received his text message about Thursday's tourist shooting, he asked one of the 10 reporters who work for him in Myanmar to verify the claim. An hour and a half after the initial report, Mizzima reported on its Web site that a 30-year old foreigner was injured in gunfire, and that an American flag was found with his bag. Security people also seized his video camera, the report said.
Soe Myint says his grassroots reporting system is in place because his organization has been building a base of supporters in the country for years: "This is not the work of one day. We have been getting ready for this for the last nine years. People know our work and how to reach us."
The safety of everyone trying to report from Myanmar now is cause for concern. Yesterday, a Japanese photojournalist was killed, and another foreign reporter was injured, according to reports. State media yesterday reported 11 people were injured in Yangon on Thursday, but it didn't specify who they were.
One blogger dubbed "Moezack," whose photos and descriptions of the protests -- sometimes posted minutes after events occurred -- were picked up by the international press, had stopped blogging. His "Today Burma" blog is currently empty, and his whereabouts are unknown to several international groups, though he might be blogging under another name.
The Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders says that many of the people sending reports out of Yangon are former journalists and activists, some of whom have at some point been jailed for their work. "They do it because they are part of the struggle," says the group's Asia program director, Vincent Brossel.
Myanmar is hardly a technological hub. Cellphones are expensive, and the Internet penetration rate is less than 1%. Even before the recent clash, the government has taken serious steps to censor Internet content, blocking access to popular foreign news and email services. A 2005 report by the Open Net Initiative, run out of several universities, said that Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council has implemented "one of the world's most restrictive regimes of Internet control."
Yet activists and students in Burma have become particularly skilled at using technological tricks to bypass those restrictions -- some of them borrowed from China, where the government also censors the Internet. These include using proxies, which create a hole in the censorship network by connecting directly to one computer outside the country.
Reporters Without Borders says that at 3 p.m. yesterday, authorities disconnected most of the country's cellphone lines, preventing journalists and demonstrators from reporting on events. Authorities have also closed some Internet cafes in Yangon, effectively shutting down many blogs and Web sites.
The Internet has slowed so that it has been difficult to send out photographs and video. It took several hours for pictures to emerge of Wednesday's shootings, says Mr. Brossel.
So now groups determined to get news out are turning to costly but independent satellite phones, which can't as easily be monitored by the government. Irrawaddy's Aung Zaw remains confident. "The more they try to suppress information, the more will come out."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Alternative Channel

The Alternative Channel is an independent television-over-internet news channel webcasting high quality documentary and public affairs videos created by citizen journalists guided and assisted by a professional news team. We support all major web-fed platforms. We will be streaming content, and we will be offering video on demand.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Philly PEG Progress Proves Persistanse Pays!

This is a picture of Inja Coates who has lead the fight for public access in Philadelphia, the last major US city to have PEG (public, educational and government) access. For years she, Media Tank and other activists have held forums, have challenged the city council, have marched in the streets to demand their rights to community media. This week was a huge victory for everyone in Philadelphia!
This notice was posted by the Alliance for Community Media:
Alliance members nationwide celebrate the announcement of formal agreement between the City and Comcast to open a Public Access facility in Philadelphia, PA. Our congratulations go out to all the elected officials, company executives and, most of all, the dedicated community organizations and activists, such as the Philadelphia Community Access Coalition, who have worked tirelessly for almost 25 years to bring this about. It has been a long, hard struggle, but finally the city which historically most represents the ideals of democracy and freedom will have the benefit of Public Access—the voice of community in the electronic age.

According to Alliance Executive Director Anthony Riddle, “Today, the City underscores its support for the ideas of freedom and participation for which we all hope. We cannot offer mere lip-service to free speech. Freedom is a process of growth that depends on the real structures we put in place. Public Access is a means for us to protect those freedoms we hold dear." The Alliance appreciates this commitment to the public interest at a time when community needs are so often overlooked.
The Alliance for Community Media is a national membership organization representing 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) Access centers across the nation. PEG channels are used by 1.2 million volunteers and 250,000
community organizations. Local PEG programmers produce 20,000 hours of new programs per week –more new programming than all of the broadcast networks combined.

Anthony T. Riddle
Alliance for Community Media
666 11th Street NW, Suite 740
Washington, DC 20001
202.393.2650 p, 202.393.2653 f

Index to Earlier Posts

Molo Songololo,
-- a unique children's magazine in South Africa
Alfonso Gumucio Dagron
--on the Difference Between Journalism and Communication
Radio Rootz
-- youth radio project in Louisiana
Native Hip Hop
--sample of music from a lively California band
Community Media Survey
--Please take this survey and send to
Farm Workers Radio
--A Prometheur Radio Barn-Raising in Oregon
La Voz de Guaicaipuro
--Community Radio in Venezuela
Rasa FM
--Interview with Molefi Ndlovu, radio activist from Soweto

Thursday, September 13, 2007

APC launches new book on WSIS

Developing Countries and Civil Society: Time for lessons learned
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has been roundly criticised in the past and this new study from APC concludes that the summit “is not the best starting point for new action.” So, what is the point of looking at how developing country delegations and civil society fared at the summit? Because, says the author “it is always important to learn from experience – particularly where it did not deliver up to expectations.”

The book “Whose Summit? Whose Information Society? Developing countries and civil society at the World Summit on the Information Society”, commissioned by APC and written by David Souter draws on participants’ observations, detailed interviews with forty key actors and case studies of experiences rooted in five developing countries.WSIS holds many lessons for developing countries and civil society organisations aiming to exert greater influence in international ICT decision-making fora. Some lessons demonstrate what worked well – such as the highly successful, multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The majority illustrate what did not work so well – not least, holding a four-year long meeting on such a fast-changing topic. ----Association for Progressive Communications

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Mexico Approves Media Reform Bill

The Mexican Congress, today (September 12, 2007) approved a bill that requires broadcasters to provide up to 48 minutes a day freely to political parties for the purposes of running federal campaign ads. Parties cannot buy additional time, and are limited to time equal to what other parties receive. Mexicans broadcasters, a tight and powerful monopoly, aren't happy with the projected loss of revenue.

This is an extraordinary step forward for Mexican politics which in recent years has closely mimicked the failures of US electoral policy. Vincente Fox won the presidency in 2000 for the right-leaning, neo-liberal PAN Party breaking more than 60 years of one Party domination by the PRI party. Fox won partly from a US style campaign run with US political campaign advisers - a first in Mexican campaigns. Fox's successor, Felipe Calderon (also of the PAN) won the next presidential election in 2006 in what most observers believe to have been a stolen election over progressive candidate Manual Lopez Obrador. Calderon also had heavy support from US campaign advisers and ran the dirtiest negative-ad campaigns in Mexican history.

Rejection of Calderon is so strong that on Sept. 2nd he was prevented for the second time from giving his 'state of the union' address in Congress by dissenting parties. Broadcasters cut oppositional voices in Congress short and instead cut to a presidential statement delivered from another location. Today broadcasters sent their more popular television hosts to testify against the new bill - and of course carried their testimonies live nationally.

Hopefully the new campaign law will help move Mexican politics further away from the current US model having such a negative impact there. And hopefully the US Congress will take notice and follow the lead of Mexican lawmakers in standing up to the broadcasting lobbyists and ensure that democratic principles are protected - not likely, but we can hope.--Michael Eisenmenger

Of course there are rumblings in the mainstream press about this: "Electoral Bill Could Hurt Mexican Broadcasters"

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Plans for an African Satellite News Service

This is from a press release circulated in Africa to announce a new satellite service. Chris Cramer, former head of international channels for CNN, will take a leading role in the launch of the multimedia, all news pan-African channel, A24. The respected global media executive, who promoted coverage of Africa across CNN¹s programmes and channels, will become non-executive chairman of A24's Editorial Advisory Board once the channel gets start-up funding.
A24, due to be launched next year, will encourage intra-African dialogue by presenting relevant stories, told by African journalists, going beyond the norm of disease, poverty, and corruption. Instead, A24 will explore investment, development, and trade, among other subjects -- areas frequently ignored by the world¹s media. A24's programming will create economic opportunity and promote freedom and transparency among African nations by painting a new, exciting, picture of the continent.Salim Amin, the channel's chairman and founder, has worked with Cramer for more than a decade. Amin runs Camerapix, East Africa's most successful news production facility. His award winning documentary, "Mo & Me", about his father's 40-year career as Africa's top photo and video journalist, has been screened at dozens of film festivals around the world, including Cannes. Mohamed Amin

"I am delighted that Chris had agreed to become part of Africa¹s most exciting media project," says Amin, 37. "Putting his experience with the BBC and, more recently CNN, to use for the African continent will help make A24 the African broadcast news leader. He has always been a strong advocate of African journalism and A24 will turn many of our mutual aspirations into reality."... A24's aim, over a period of time, is to open 46 two-person bureaux across Africa and in London and Washington DC. A24 will operate a multi-media platform to make it accessible to Africans through a range of distribution methods. Streamed highlights of A24 content will be available on the internet and video and audio podcasts will be created. The service will also tap into the growing mobile phone market in Africa. It is expected that in the next three years an additional 150 million people will have mobile phones on the continent. Daniel Rivkin, A24's Managing Director and co-founder, welcomes Cramer¹s input in the development of the channel. ³Chris is a master of content. As we move towards launch, he will give the channel a clear sense of editorial direction.

Amin adds, "A24 will make a difference because it will create a new kind of voice ­ truly African, beyond local politics and prejudices, offering up-to-date information that will be accessible as part of the mainstream media."

Monday, September 10, 2007

Nollywood: Nigerian filmmaking

From Ethan Zuckerman's blog June 6, 2007 Turning the camera on Nollywood
Franco Sacchi, an Italian filmmaker living in Boston, has just produced a remarkable film about Nollywood. Nollywood is the third larget film industry in the world, after Hollywood and Bollywood. The Nigerian film industry makes 2000 films a year, as of 2006, which means that every week, 40 to 50 films are being made on the streets of Lagos and in cities throughout West Africa. The industry has created thousands of jobs… and it’s happened against all odds in a country where it can be very difficult to live and work.

Sacchi is drawn to this story because he was born in Zambia, and because his father lived much of his life in that country. “I left when I was three, but that’s where I learned to walk. That’s where my family bought their first home.” He tells us he wanted to tell a story about Africa’s complexity, a story that’s more than the despair and sadness we get in most pictures of the continent. He found a newspaper story about Nollywood and started researching the subkect. As he learned more about the subject, he contacted a friend, a veteran of years with National Geographic, who told him “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a story about a place that’s got more hope and is more fun.”Saachi’s film - This is Nollywood - follows a Nigerian filmmaker, Bond Emeruwa, who’s making a film about police corruption, titled “Checkpoint”. He’s got nine days to make the film. Saachi follows his process as well as framing the larger phenomenon of the industry. We see a six minute clip of the film, where people talk about the filming process as well as what Nollywood films mean to them:

- “You can make a movie in seven days for $10,000″
- “These are films for the masses, not for the elites”
- “This is subsistence filmmaking”
- “We’re making films for people who make a dollar a day”

Sacchi notes that Werner Herzog once said, “I need to make films like I need to breathe oxygen.” He believes that this is true of many of these Nigerian auteurs. (Saacchi wonders whether Nigerian filmmakers are doing what independent filmmakers in the US and Europe are trying to do - just go out and make a movie.) It’s possible for Nigerians to do this because non-linear editing has become so cheap through computers, and because you can now buy “an amazing camera for $5,000″. The films don’t screen in theatres - they’re recorded on VCDs, at a fairly low quality, but are sold for a few dollars or rent for pennies.

“Imagine a world with food and shelter, but no stories,” Sacchi asks. “It would be meaningless.” Bond Emeruwa tells us, “I don’t see us exhausting these stories in our lifetime, in ten lifetimes.”


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Graffitti in Santa Fe, New Mexico

A piece by John Santos and Lupe Vargas

Mexican Student Station Under Threat

Ké Huelga, the original station of the UNAM student strike in Mexico City are reporting government threats to close their station.See:

ALERTA ROJA La Ké Huelga denuncia amenazas La Ké Huelga Radio (102.9 de FM) nace en 1999 durante las primeras semanas de la huelga estudiantil del Consejo General de Huelga de la UNAM que defendió la gratuidad de la educación. Desde entonces la radio se ha mantenido como un proyecto de comunicación alternativa que pretende proyectar la voz y la lucha de los distintos movimientos sociales y proponer otra forma de utilizar los medios de comunicación, sin formatos comerciales que repiten, todos, la misma idea del consumo; nosotr@s experimentamos formas distintas de comunicación.
(The “Ké Huelga Radio” is an free radio project, broadcasting in Mexico City at 102.9 FM which began in 1999, during the early weeks of the student strike of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, the biggest higher-education-institution in Latin America) for the defense of gratuity and quality of public education at every level. Since then, the radio station has kept on as an alternative communication effort, looking to project the voice of the different social movements and to propose another way to use mass media without commercial formats that reproduce –all of them- and endlessly repeat the principles of consumerism. We experiment with different ways of communicating and formats of communication.)

Experiencias recientes han demostrado la importancia de los medios de comunicación como una herramienta de fortalecimiento de las resistencias sociales. Debido a esto, la Ké Huelga se ha visto amenazada en diferentes ocasiones: hemos recibido amenazas contra integrantes de la radio, correos electrónicos intimidatorios e interferencia a nuestra señal en los últimos 4 meses. Estas agresiones subieron de tono el 6 de septiembre de 2007, tomando la forma de una amenaza de desalojo por parte del gobierno federal; se habla del uso de la fuerza para desmantelar la radio y de que han sido libradas órdenes de aprehensión contra integrantes del proyecto.

Este no es un caso aislado ya que en las últimas semanas se ha incrementado el ataque en contra de las organizaciones estudiantiles dentro de la UNAM, que han sido hostigados por parte de grupos porriles y la policía en civil. Por ejemplo, están las amenazas a los compas de Regeneración Radio del CCH Vallejo y los ataques porriles en otros CCHs. Además del evidente operativo policiaco en toda la UNAM.

Informamos a las organizaciones sociales y de los pueblos, a los trabajadores en lucha, al sector estudiantil, a la otra campaña, a los medios libres que nuestra transmisión por FM estará suspendida algunos días, mientras corregimos fallas de nuestros equipos. Los llamamos a repudiar y denunciar desde cualquier espacio estas agresiones en contra de la Ké Huelga y a enlazarnos por medio de las transmisiones en vivo y el correo para organizarnos y así combatir colectivamente la represión silenciadora del país.

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Si deseas ayudarnos a difundir esta denuncia, descarga el comunicado ACA.La traducción al alemán está ACA Pasa la voz, la hora es grave! Como parte de las 5 acciones por la libertad de l@s pres@s polític@s, acá puedes descargar el formato para la recolección de firmas y también puedes descargar el volante para difundir estas 5 acciones A tod@s nuestr@s compas del otro lado de las ondas hertzianas: Les pedimos que nos escriban a y nos digan cómo se escucha la señal del 102.9 FM y por qué rumbo la oyen... gracias muchas

Por los tiempos que corren y para casos de desastre (natural o político o tecnológico) les invitamos a que apunten por ahí estas direcciones: Sitios gueb de emergencia: Ké Huelga en Espora Ké Huelga en MSN Direcciones de correo electrónico alternativas: Ké Huelga en hotmail Ké Huelga en gmail Estamos trabajando para tener un espejo de nuestro sitio, si hay compas que tengan unos cuantos gigas de sobra, por favor avisen! :)

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Luis Lievano, grafitero y comunicador, Bogota, Colombia

Luis Liévano (Keshava). Pedagogo y comunicador independiente, ha realizado diversas experiencias de periodismo y gestión cultural, así como de pedagogía de la comunicación solidaria con comunidades e instituciones educativas. Grafitero y narrador, libretista y realizador de radio y video, escribe para algunos medios sobre temas culturales. Director de multimedios y medio, creador y realizador de programas y campañas para radio cultural y comunitaria. Ha formado parte de la Mesa de Trabajo de Comunicación de Bogotá. Coordinador de la agencia de prensa solidaria La chiva virtual. Fue corresponsal cultural de Telesur y actualmente es programador asociado de Javeriana Estéreo. Activista de la comunicación, grafitea en sus ratos libres, en sus gratos libros... Recientemente ha presentado en salas de Bogotá y Nueva York su trabajo de humor, grafiti y Stand-Up Comedy: Kontra la pared. muros que anuncian y muros que denuncian, muros que la-mentan y muros que la-respetan, muros que lloran y muros que ríen, algunos muros con oídos y muchos oídos con muros...
La palabra cuenta, las paredes cuentan, la ciudad cuenta, todos contamos...--Luis Lievano