“While the heavily-armed Waorani scoured the jungle to exterminate the uncontacted Taromenane tribe, leading Ecuadorian officials were in Beijing soliciting bids for new petrol concessions in its Amazon.” writes the Welsh journalist Robin Llewellyn who investigates the complicity of the Ecuadorian government in the massacres of uncontacted tribes above the oil rich Yasuni Amazon Rainforest.
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.
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.
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.
On Colombia’s largest TV news source Caracol there is a segment called ASI SE MUEVE LOS REDES or THIS IS HOW NETWORKS MOVE which parades tweets that are trending and memes making rounds around social networks.
During the national agrarian strikes that engulfed the country this segment became a tool to whitewash what was really moving on social networks and manufacture consent to conform with claims deliberately belittling the size of the protests.
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.
By the look of the place you’d never guess half a million dollars of pre-Colombian art was buried beneath the mess. Stored on the bottom floor of a nondescript apartment, beneath uncurled moldy mattresses and boxes of broken electronics, are artifacts spanning the rise and fall of civilizations.