Category: Citizen Journalism


Viva Rocinha and the Rise of Citizen Journalism in Rio de Janeiros Favelas

20th May

It’s in disenfranchised communities around the world where citizen journalism over social media is empowering everyday people to write the news and nowhere is this more evident than in Rio de Janeiro.

For this interview we talked with Michel Silva who founded the citizen journalism platform Viva Rocinha when he was 18 years old. Today with a month left before the World Cup kickoff we talk about how smartphones and community media platforms like Viva Rocinha help strengthen and protect a community.



A Hidden Tragedy Translated: The Censored Book That Broke Ecuador’s Heart

26th February

“At the end of march this year, 2013, in the jungles of Ecuador’s northern orient, a great massacre of uncontacted indigenous was committed.” opens the book A Hidden Tragedy. “Accomplished in a way that was abusive and cruel. Those eliminated, above all, where women and children.”

Seventeen minutes before the book was due to be presented to the Ecuadorian public it was censored from circulation “over any medium” by none other than Judge Hilda Garces of the Judicial Unit of Violence Against Women and Family



A Massacre, An Oil Multinational and Chief Ompore’s Last Smile

8th January

Chief Ompore couldn’t stop smiling as he watched photos of Amazonian animals get projected across the Town Hall wall of Yarentaro – a remote village in Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park inside what oil companies call “Block 16.”

It was the 14th of December 2012 and the Spanish oil giant RepSol that administers the petroleum block had funded a project as part of its Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development Strategy “designed to alleviate pressure on the forest and to restore the ecosystem to its original state.”

RepSol’s project to offset the hundreds of millions of dollars of crude oil being pumped out of Block 16 was to build a “zoo-creidero” or animal hatchery. Since big oil moved in bushmeant had become increasingly scarce in the Waorani tribe’s formerly bountiful hunting grounds but once the zoo-creidero was completed those same wild animals getting … Read More »



Oil & Genocide: Why We Must Protect the Human Rights of Uncontacted Tribes in Ecuador’s Yasuní

21st November

As the Ecuadorian government begins drilling for oil in the Yasuni National Park – one of the most biodiverse regions on Planet Earth – human rights lawyer Luis Xavier Solis discusses the existential threat of genocide facing the uncontacted tribes that inhabit this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.



FALSE POSITIVE: The Punk Rock Musician on Dialysis That Colombian Police Cant Silence

29th October

When Colombian police discovered a military grenade on terminally ill Punk Rock musician Luís Alberto Velásquez Molina he was sent to prison.

Many of the Medellin’s punk rockers however believe there’s something very fishy about the police version of events and took to social networks to tell the world about False Positives – a practice endemic inside Colombia’s armed forces where innocent civilians are framed so police and military can collect commissions.



How Boyaca’s Farmers Sparked a Movement that Brought the Colombian Government to its Knees

16th October

Its not every Sunday that the priest of a rural Colombian city called Tunja begins his sermon with a story of an illiterate Indian girl who grew up in the shadow of the British Empire.

The 8th of September was not a normal Sunday.

For the three weeks previous farmers from the province of Boyaca and its capital Tunja had blocked the roads to strangle the food supply en route to Colombia’s biggest city Bogota.



Media Manipulation 101: The Injured Youth and the Rise of Citizen Journalism in Colombia

11th September

Chekhovs Kalashnikov looks at why one of the most viral videos of the national agrarian strikes in Colombia, that of an anonymous youth known as the “Joven Herido,” was whitewashed by major networks but identified thanks to the tireless work of citizen journalists.