History of the WFFM
- Process of the WFFM
- Friday 1 March 2013
All began in Belem, 2009, during the first World Forum of Free Media organised alongside the more established, World Social Forum (WSF). The initial meetings and debates continued in Dakar as part of the WSF held in February 2011, and later in Marrakech during which an open-space on "alternative media" was arranged, then in December 2011 and January 2012 in Porto Alegre during the third World Forum of Free Media and lastly in Tunis during the workshop on "Community Media and the Arab Spring".
First World Forum of Free Media – Belem (January 2009)
During the World Social Forum held in Belem, January 26 and 27, 2009, five hundred people came throughout the world to organise the first World Forum of Free Media. This meeting was an opportunity to discuss other possible forms of communication that concern the global civil society. Two discussion workshops were organised as well as a seminar on communication and sixteen independently organised activities took place during the event.
Another media is possible (and necessary) (Carta Maior)
World Social Forum – Dakar (February 2011)
Workshop “Alternative Information in support of Political and Social Mobilisation”
February 8, 2011, seven associations working in the field of alternative media, organised in Dakar a media workshop entitled “Alternative Information in Support of Political and Social Mobilisation”. By the end of this workshop, participants agreed to hold a second “World Forum of Free Media” in 2012. It was thus suggested that the second WFFM would be organised alongside the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations conference on sustainable development (Rio +20), which will be held in June 2012, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Conference on the Right to Communicate
During a conference on the Right to Communicate, held on February 11, 2011, participants adopted a “Declaration on the right to inform and be informed”.
Open-space “alternative media” - Marrakech (December 2011)
The Moroccan Alternative Forum organised a seminar in Marrakech, December 9 to 10, 2011 on “Social movements and associations, what strategies ought to used in light of changing dynamics?”. Moreover, E-joussour’s Community Portal for the Civil Society in the Maghreb and Mashrek regions organised a workshop (known as an open-space) on the subject of alternative media in preparation of the second “World Forum of Free Media”, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), June 2012. This event will be attended by 33 participants from seven countries representing 3 continents.
The third free media forum – Porto Alegre (January 2012)
A preliminary meeting regarding Latin American dynamics took place alongside the “Forum on Climate Change” in Porto Alegre, late January 2012. Partners from Africa and the Mashrek region were equally present.
Work began with a plenary presentation on "Alternative Media and the Arab Spring: using case studies from the Maghreb / Mashrek region and Palestine." Later participants took part in workshops which covered the following themes:
Alternative medias and the right to communicate;
Alternative medias and the ownership of information technology and communication networks;
Alternative medias and public policy.
A panel has since been brought together on the protocol of the networks used by social movement and on the second World Forum of Alternative Media and Communication alongside the Rio +20 conference.
The forum culminated in the adoption of the Charter of the III Free Media Forum, Porto Alegre and the creation of a follow-up and coordination committee.