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Citizens' Media against Armed ConflictDisrupting Violence in Colombia$
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Clemencia Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665839

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665839.001.0001

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Media Pioneers Respond to Armed Conflict

Media Pioneers Respond to Armed Conflict

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Citizens' Media against Armed Conflict

Clemencia Rodríguez

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter articulates views, experiences, and ideas gathered from the testimonies of dozens of Colombian citizens’ media pioneers from all reaches of the Colombian geography. It begins by providing a history of the Radio Unit and the role of El Gazi’s leadership of the project in sharpening the vision and wisdom of Colombian citizens’ media pioneers. This history deserves attention because state initiatives truly committed to supporting citizens’ media are rare. The rest of the chapter explores the influence of these media pioneers on a new generation of community media that is driven by notions of cultura ciudadana (culture of citizenship), strong public spheres, and participatory democracy. Drifting away from older models of community media as spaces for militancy and political mobilization, this new generation of Colombian community media responds to contexts of armed conflict and marginality by creating communication spaces for citizens to begin repairing the torn social and cultural fabric of their communities.

Keywords:   media pioneers, Colombia, community media, cultura ciudadana, public sphere, participatory democracy

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