2013 Centre for Communication and Social Change Award
The Centre is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Communications for Social Change Awards!
Individual winner: Harry Surjadi
Organisational winner: The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR)
Harry is working in West Kalimantan, Indonesia with local television station RuaiTV to develop RuaiSMS, a communication channel using mobile phone and FrontlineSMS. He has trained almost 200 indigenous people as citizen journalists using this successful communications platform.
The program allows people to send their news directly to RuaiTV station to maintain the accountability of public servants by reporting on illegal logging and development.
"For the last 10 years, indigenous communities in Indonesia have been displaced from their ancestor lands as the government issues substantial concessions for palm plantation companies. The mainstream media receives advertising revenue from these companies and do not listen to the voices of these communities," says Harry.
Prior to Harry's RuaiSMS program in West Kalimantan, the only common communication tool available to indigenous communities was mobile phones. As a result, Harry has developed the program to connect communities to informative media platforms.
Since the introduction of this program, communities have forced plantation companies to recognise the rights of indigenous people in certain areas of Indonesia.
"I hope this communication model will continue to prove useful to the sustainable development of indigenous people," says Harry.
For more information visit Harry Surjadi's blog
The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights
The Centre’s ‘Sithi Project’ was developed as an online human rights ‘portal’ to provide information on media, human rights laws and civil society organisations in Cambodia. This continually evolving new media-based organisation demonstrates a contemporary approach to increasing the reach of human rights advocacy work.
The project supports marginalised groups in Cambodia by highlighting violations of land rights, engaging with local community groups through an online platform and enhancing access to important information.
The Centre’s work enables communities to monitor violations and advocate for
their own rights independently as well as acting as an online change agent within a politically volatile context.
For more information visit the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights website
Congratulations to the winners of this award and all nominees.