The Documentalist

Global Voices: Translating & Aggregating International Blogs

Posted in Human Rights news by Sarah on November 24, 2009

Though not dedicated to human rights per se, the Global Voices site is a good resource for rich digital media presentations of issues often related to human rights.  Global Voices consists of a community of more than 200 volunteer bloggers from around the world who work to translate international blogs in 15 languages; an important goal is to increase the circulation of citizen journalism from areas of the world where individual and dissenting voices are repressed.  As stated on the “about” page concerning the organization’s goals:

At a time when international English-language media ignores many things that are important to large numbers of the world’s citizens, Global Voices aims to redress some of the inequities in media attention by leveraging the power of citizens’ media.

We wish to:

  • Call attention to the most interesting conversations and perspectives emerging from citizens’ media around the world by linking to text, photos, podcasts, video and other forms of grassroots citizens’ media.
  • Facilitate the emergence of new citizens’ voices through training, online tutorials, and publicizing the ways in which open-source and free tools can be used safely by people around the world to express themselves.
  • Advocate for freedom of expression around the world and protect the rights of citizen journalists to report on events and opinions without fear of censorship or persecution.

These goals call to mind the importance of documentation in human rights work in terms article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees  both the freedom of expression and the right to information:

Article 19.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
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