The success of the People’s Radio in the shanty towns of Sao Paolo, Brazil, was marked by a celebratory festival in 1988 where the community produced music and poetry. A ‘new communication order’ has developed as a direct result of this project and has strengthened the social networks of this community and given these rural migrants an urban identity. This is an example of radio’s ability to empower the masses. These migrants are now using the media to resist marginalisation and fight for better rights. This is illustrated by one of the poems written for the celebration…


Who is outside, wants to come

Who is in, doesn’t want to leave

Our shanty town is good

I no longer want to leave

We have a good church

And a priest who prays

We have piped water

And a small school

What we still need is a small hospital

For we already have the school

To teach us to read

With the protection of the priest

And the social worker

We will struggle for land

Without our rights as voters.


Here are some interesting links discussing this topic further…

 Radio Rebelde – another radio station born out of a culture of resistance…

The role of radio across Latin America: –

Theoretical background to development journalism: