Third World Radio: Development and Struggle
The previous two chapters have traced the emergence in Western industrialised countries of a kind of radio that challenges the relationship established since broadcasting began between producers and audiences. It has been called community radio in North America and northern Europe, public radio in Australia, free radio in the Latin countries of Europe. Although in these last we have seen that what began as a radical opposition to monopoly opened the door to expansion financed by private capital, there remains a core of oppositional theory and practice that aims in the last analysis to redistribute power: to claim for groups that are socially and politically marginalised or oppressed the right to a fairer share of resources so as to take control of their own lives. Communication media are both part of the resources claimed and an essential factor in the struggle against domination. The distortions, silences and failures of mass media are what provoke oppositional media.
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