Title: Challenges to Democratization and Communication in Latin America
Author: Sally Burch, Latin America Information Agency (ALAI)
Voices from the South E-Newsletter: September 2016
After a long period of social and economic progress in Latin America, new neo-liberal, right-wing governments have begun overturning a number of social and democratic protections in the region. In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Sally Burch of the Latin America Information Agency (ALAI) in Quito, Ecuador presents a picture of the current challenges facing the region and its continual struggle for sovereignty. Sally highlights in particular the importance of alternative media outlets as means to connect and integrate peoples and social movements across the region, and as a counter-force to big business media monopolies in the region that discredit and undermine progressive processes and policies.