Community Media to Enable Citizen’s Right to Information

The role of community media in enabling communities to ensure transparency and accountability was the theme of “People’s Right to Information and Community Media” workshop, held on the sidelines of the two-day National Convention on People’s Right to Information, Hyderabad on February 17, 2013. The workshop was coordinated by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, University of Hyderabad (click here for the summary of the workshop). Briefly, the workshop focused on the need and potential of community media to enable communities and individuals to effectively use the Right to Information Act, a 2005 act that empowers citizens to petition and access information from public agencies. Community media, specifically community radio, can potentially serve as the “third voice” (Servaes, 1999; Pavrala & Kanchan, 2007), centering community concerns that are often ignored by both the private commercial media and the centralized state media.

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