There are many information sources in Latin America. Mobile phones, for example, are popular, and studies show that social networks play a major role in daily life. Yet obtaining information can be extremely difficult. Even in the digital age, entire population groups are practically excluded from voicing their needs and concerns. This is particularly true for those living in rural areas and indigenous groups.
There are many reasons for the obstacles. Media monopolies, for example, limit diversity. In areas where only a few companies own the majority of TV and radio stations, it is often a challenge for minorities to make their voices heard. Civil society organizations often complain of "deaf states" – governments reluctant to release information. In addition, in many Latin American countries journalism is a dangerous profession. Critical media workers are put under pressure or attacked – with dramatic consequences for freedom of expression.
In response, DW Akademie supports networks that enable everyone to access information. We support community radio stations, local journalist networks und online activists, and advocate the right of the indigenous population to freedom of expression and information. Together with partners we develop innovative training approaches and advise alternative media on financial sustainability. We promote social dialogues – for example, in coming to terms with the horrors of recent civil wars – and support those who are helping young people develop a critical approach to the media.