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Presentation In activity since 2002, Intervozes - Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social - is an organization that works towards the establishment

of the human right to communicate in Brazil. According to Intervozes communication rights can not be dissociated from the full exercise of citizenship and democracy. A society can only be considered fully democratic when all the diverse voices, opinions and cultures that comprise it have room to express themselves. Intervozes is composed of activists and professionals from different areas of knowledge such as communication, law, management, geography, and architecture. Its members come from all corners of the country, encompassing 15 states and the Federal District. Each member of Intervozes is at the same time a promoter of local actions and a collaborator in the formulation and implementation of the national strategies adopted by the group. Human right to communicate The right to communicate involves not only the right to freedom of expression and the right of having access to information but also the right of having access to the means of production, distribution and access to information. Furthermore, it also involves the right to have the necessary knowledge to establish an autonomous and independent relation to the means of communication. As long as there are technical, political, economic and cultural limits that impose inequalities of conditions to the exercise of this right the state must act by means of regulation and public policies to

Strengthen the social struggles to change society. According to data of the Brazilian Association of Community Radios. and that respect. including the internet. more than 20 thousand radio stations were closed. what causes inequalities which contribute significantly to the lack of effectivity of other human rights. by means of sharing agendas and demands with social movements. The most glaring example of this is the criminalization of community communication. The best picture of this reality is the concentration of media. in the last ten years. mechanisms and processes of public and social control and enforceability of communication as a human right. Objectives Advance in the implementation of a regulatory environment and of public policies — especially a national system of communication — that materialize public interest and democracy. In Brazil. working along with and mobilizing different actors. It is in this scenario that Intervozes acts. and the differences in the conditions of access to the means of communication. .guarantee the correction of these imbalances. promote and protect the right to communicate. the right to communicate is not guaranteed. more than 5 thousand radio broadcasters sued and 130 million reais worth of equipment seized by the police. Strengthen the communication right movement. the lack of plurality and diversity in the content broadcast. reinforce and build practices. Stimulate.

Political articulation with social movements and partner organizations through forums and networks. denouncing them through legal actions. Promote the pluralization. Hot actions . Monitoring of communication right violations. for qualified intervention on public policies in the communication field and for the implementation of practices that foster popular and community communication. Research and formulation in the area of communication policies. Formation for critical interaction with media. alternative and community communication as well as the production and broadcasting of plural content. independent. Attempts to raise awareness of people and organized groups by the participation in debates and the production of reference material about the theme.Strengthen popular. diversification and democratization of media. Legislative and Judiciary actions concerning communication. Lines of action Intervozes works to promote he right to communicate by means of these actions: Monitoring and scrutinization of Executive.

organizes and shares references on the area. The process counted with educational activities. More than 30 thousand people from every part of the country directly participated on the debates.br National Conference on Communication In 2009. the Observatory for Communication Rights fosters the debate on communication in Brazil.org. for the first time the Brazilian government organized a broad debate on the ways that communication should follow in the country. public hearings. The conference's result will serve as a basis to the formulation of public policies in the area. the social movement and businessmen of the sector. always from the perspective of communication right. putting forward more than 600 proposals that were approved in the national stage by representatives of the public power. producing information and stimulating reflection on the major themes of the sector. www. monitoring on a daily basis the sector's situation. Besides that.direitoacomunicacao. it gathers. The 61 proposals presented by Intervozes were almost completely approved. The broadening of the debate and the articulation of civil society were some of the highlights of the Intervozes actions during the process that defined the digital TV system adopted by Brazil. Right of reply .Observatory for Communication Rights (Observatório do Direito à Comunicação) Since 2007. talking with government officials and the production of reference materials. public relations.

It has issued the document "Public System of Radio Broadcasting" which contains proposals to the regulation of article 223 of the Brazilian Constitution. Intervozes has participated of the legal action against Rede TV! and the TV presenter João Kleber on the grounds of human rights abuse. which tries to contribute to the building of a public communication in the country. Actions towards a free and democratic internet Intervozes acted along with other organizations against a law project that threatened freedom of expression on the internet. Intervozes has also issued the book "Public Systems of Communication: experiences in 12 countries and the Brazilian case".In conjunction with the Public Ministry (federal prosecutors) and five other organizations. especially by means of the Plano Nacional de Banda Larga (National Plan for Broadband Connection). The action gave rise to the first collective right of reply in the country which was exercised through the broadcasting. Intervozes has also acted boldly in favor of a bigger number of internet access. Radio and TV concessions The campaign "For democracy and transparency in the radio and TV concessions" was launched in 2007 to reaffirm the public character of radio and TV concessions as well as to denounce irregularities and . for 30 days. of a especially produced show: Rights of Reply. Public System of Communication Intervozes keeps intense activity in favor of the building of public system of communication in Brazil.

Intervozes. Public Systems of Communication in the world: the experience of 12 countries and the brazilian case This research shows various aspects of public systems in 12 countries. Published in partnership with the Official Press of São Paulo State. the book proposes the debate on indices to evaluate quantitatively and qualitatively communication rights in the country. Society takes the TV . Projects and publishing Contributions to the construction of a communication right index Resulting of a research ran by Intervozes with the help of Ford Foundation. issued the brochure "Radio and TV concessions . Voices of democracy: Stories about the communication area in the redemocratization of Brazil The book brings up unknown experiences of resistance during the military dictatorship. it is the first book of a public publisher in Brazil to be issued under a creative commons license.mismanagement in the sector.Where democracy has not yet arrived". adding elements to the debate about the building of a public system of communication in Brazil. one of the organizers pf the campaign.The right of reply case and .

The aim was to utilize it as a tool to civil society organizations in the struggle to strengthen the social participation in the media. Global Governance Project . Intervozes organized in a book the experience of the TV show Rights of Reply. Course on the enforceability of communication rights .the social controlling of media With the aid of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.Communication Rights in the Information Society . Intervozes was responsible for the Brazilian Report. Reference center for communication rights The main aim of this project is to contribute to the creation of a favorable environment which could favor the right to communicate. The center proposes to offer concrete references that may strengthen other actors actions. which included a diagnosis of the Brazilian situation in the area and the definition of priorities for a common agenda of the various groups which act in the communication movement.GGP The project was created by CRIS .in order to build theoretical basis and practical tools to support the struggle for the right do communicate. The center comprises the Observatory for Communication Rights and the Communication Rights Indices which were developed by Intervozes and will be helpful in the monitoring of how Brazil is guaranteeing the effectivity of this right.

of media activists and organizations related to the struggle for the right to communicate. the campaign is an initiative from the Human Rights and Minorities Chamber of the . the committee acted since june 2007 to pressure the government to convoke the First National Conference on Communication.In partnership with the Escola Superior do Ministério Público da União (Advanced School of Public Prosecution of the Union?) Intervozes held in november 2007 a course on communication rights to federal prosecutors. Since then the Forum has consolidated itself as an important stronghold in favor of the counter-hegemonic media and the right to freedom of speech.br Free Media Forum Grouping hundreds of producers of alternative communication. The lectures aimed at calling the prosecutors attention to the enforceability of the right to communicate. the Free Media Forum stems from an event that took place in june 2008. Forum and other participations Committee Pro Nacional Conference on Communication Comprising more than 30 organizations from civil society. including Intervozes and representatives of Public Ministry and Chamber of Deputies. Campaign for ethics on TV Created in 2002.com.proconferencia. www. in an effort to qualify public prosecutors intervention in this field.

it participates and contributes to the actions of the women group. Despite the fact that Intervozes is formed by both men and women.House of Representatives (Chamber of Deputies) in partnership with organizations from civil society. www. Intervozes' actions have the aim of contributing to the movements' agenda.eticanatv. Social movements As means to strengthen the struggle to transform society.br Women and Media ??Articulation?? Women and Media Articulation stems from a series of activities developed by the women movement in São Paulo state. and of strengthening popular communication. The campaign intends to promote the respect to human rights and to the citizens' dignity in television programs. Intervozes takes part in the Assembleia Popular (Popular Assembly [talvez valha explicar o que é]) and in the Coordination of Social Movements. of making it easier to exercise the right to communicate. .org.