First of all, thank you for giving me the opportunity to open your eyes towards these important issues pertaining to media and government censorship. Right now, the world needs more people like you who have the curiosity and determination to go further than reading gossip on Facebook or simply watching the news highlights to only comment to your friend that this world is really a mess. At every point of human history problems have existed, but the difference now is that each one of us has the power to do something about it. Why is that? It is because media has grown so powerful, and our freedom of speech can now change lives.
In this reader, my goal is to show you the different relationships between media, the government and the people. These relationships can cause atrocities against human rights, or they can empower people to make a difference. I centered my research on showing both sides of the coin. I wanted to show how governments oppress the media and people through censorship, as well as how the freedom of media allows people to criticize their governments in order to improve their societies.
My main intention, the reason I entered this internship, is because I have come to notice that knowledge is a powerful weapon, and when partnered with determination and a cause, a person is unstoppable. I hope the information in this reader gives you the knowledge to address society’s urgent problems, either locally or globally. I want you to become inspired by the courage of other people who have changed the lives of so many through the use of media. However, at the same time, I want you to be more than just inspired. I want you to go and do something about the issues that surround and concern you.
Today, you have the power to change the world. Thank you for reading.
Alexander Dey Bueno, CETYS Universidad, Tijuana
WorldLink 2012 Summer Intern