1. Role of the Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse processes statements and/or manages the process of signing statements generated by others when they are principally concerned with issues relating to media/communications and where IAMCR members have substantive scientific expertise that provides a basis for seeking to influence discursive or material practice.
IAMCR has been active in debates on the need to decolonise and de-westernise theory and research in the field. IAMCR supports affirmative action and policies that ensure greater diversity and social inclusion amongst media scholars and is concerned about a case that represents a dangerous backlash against these policies in Brazil.
On 21 July, the Postgraduate Programme in Communication of Unisinos University in Brazil was unexpectedly and arbitrarily shut down by the university’s management. IAMCR stands in solidarity with colleagues in the programme, one of Brazil's most prestigious in the field.
IAMCR calls upon the management of Goldsmiths University of London, to reverse its suspension of two leading academics in the field of Media and Communications - Professor Des Freedman and Dr Gholam Khiabany, Head of Department and Deputy Head, respectively, of the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies.
IAMCR calls upon the Brazilian authorities to address the killings of journalist, Dom Phillips, and Brazilian Indigenous advocate, Bruno Pereira with urgency and diligence in recognition of the sanctity of life and in defence of the freedom of expression, the right to communicate, and the protection of cultures, territories and human beings in the Amazon.
IAMCR stands in solidarity with protests against the suspension of the trading license of the Lwin Oo Book Store in Myanmar for selling copies of a book, “Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide: Identity, History and Hate Speech”, that details the key role played by social media in spreading hate speech against the Rohingya in Myanmar.
IAMCR stands in solidarity with workers at Brazil’s national public service broadcaster, the Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC), in its fight to safeguard the Brazilian people’s right to public broadcasting.
Based in Quito, Ecuador, CIESPAL, the International Center for Higher Communication Studies for Latin America, has played an important role in journalism education in Ecuador and Latin America and a leading role in communication debates in the region and globally.
IAMCR calls on the Nigerian government to drop proposed restrictive legislation regulating the media and to lift its suspension of Twitter.
IAMCR endorses the recently-launched Public Service Media and Public Service Internet Manifesto, a collective work of communication scholars and practitioners that calls for the safeguarding of the existence, funding, and independence of Public Service Media and the creation of a Public Service Internet.
IAMCR emphatically rejects threats that unknown persons have made publicly in Barranquilla, Colombia to various individuals and their families committed to building peace and coexistence, and working with people and communities to reach social agreements and promote the development of their city and region.
IAMCR strongly opposes the Australian Federal Government’s decision to increase university fees for communications and media studies degrees, and for humanities, arts, and social science students more generally, while cutting the cost of degrees in science, technology engineering and math-related subjects.
IAMCR's Clearinghouse on Public Statements and its Executive Board issued two statements related to the anti-racism protests currently taking place in the United States and elsewhere.
IAMCR has been informed that a radio station supported by AMARC Europe, the umbrella organisation for community radio in Europe and a leading NGO in the field of community expression, has been subjected to a violent attack from far-right militants.
IAMCR stands in solidarity with journalists and news outlets working to provide coverage of the current crisis in Chile in a way that allows the reasons for the protests to be understood, gives voice to peaceful protesters, and documents abuses by the military and police anti-riot squads.
IAMCR urges its members and the media and communication research and education community to lobby the UK government against proposals that threaten creative and critical scholarship in research in media and communication and to join calls for action in other countries when similar policy moves threaten education in our field.
IAMCR expresses concern about Julian Assange's possible extradition to the United States, a precedent that threatens the welfare of whistle-blowers and discourages the sustained watchdog role of the media.