In Brazil, young people give their views on presidential elections



Our citizen journalism project in schools of Belo Horizonte is now live, in the midst of Brazilian electoral spree. Here is a first glimpse on the work of young Brazilian citizens and their politicized views on the political system of their country.



Internet Without Borders' citizen journalism project in Brazil, in partnership with the collective of free medias, Midia NINJA, and the Youth Forum of Belo Horizonte (an organization working for the collective recognition of the rights of young people, mainly the ones most discriminated against) is ongoing in Belo Horizonte.

The young people from the School of Coração Eucaristico Vera Cruz district of Belo Horizonte, with facilitators
The young people from the School of Coração Eucaristico Vera Cruz district of Belo Horizonte, with facilitators
The project has been launched in a school of a popular area of ​​Belo Horizonte, the capital city of the State of Minas Gerais. After some theoretical training on how Brazilian media work and on young citizens' rights, 20 teenagers, who are enroled in the project, began their productions.

In a context of presidential elections, these young people focused on current topics interesting their country: how is electoral communication and propaganda regulated? how will it influence voters? How to regulate the invasive noise and visual pollution during the campaign? What proposals do candidates have to contain the insecurity that the people of this favela experience?

A way to train their critical thinking vis-à-vis the political system, often very influenced by the discourse of mainstream media, that are controlled by private companies and politicians themselves.

Recording in the school's radio studio
Recording in the school's radio studio
Divided into three groups, depending on the type of communication used (text, video, radio) and with the help of journalism students at the University UNI-BH, the young people looked deeper into these topics for three weeks and produced their reports.

Here is the result of their work:

Video on electoral propaganda on television. In this satire, young citizens discuss how the candidates address to the people and try to explain the legal terms that define time available to each political party. Indeed Brazilian law assigns time for parties' propaganda on TV, based on the number of elected MPs each has in Congress. 

Click this link (pt) to watch the video.
 

The radio program is a vox pop on security in the neighborhood where the school is located. This is a neighborhood where drug trafficking exists and where the police officers are particularly violent towards young people, especially when they are black. Students interview classmates, teachers and neighbors who express to require a less aggressive and more protective and peaceful police, as well as socio-cultural activities to keep the  younth from falling into the vicious circle of drug trafficking . 

Click this link  (pt) to listen to the radio program.

Elections Olympics: Candidates more preoccupied by their image than proposals they make.
Elections Olympics: Candidates more preoccupied by their image than proposals they make.
Finally, caricatured drawings show how the candidates campaigned:  placing signs and easels across the street, on which people almost stumbled, making populist proposals without presenting programs and attacking one another, with no place to debate ideas. A short text also discusses the existing rules to regulate the visual and noise pollution in the streets during the campaign periods. 

Click this link to read the text in Portuguese.

Electoral race: inequality between candidates, an unfair fight where conditions are unequal. Candidates make populist proposals to distinguish themselves from others and attract the public.
Electoral race: inequality between candidates, an unfair fight where conditions are unequal. Candidates make populist proposals to distinguish themselves from others and attract the public.

#Electoraldebate: candidates do nothing but verbal abuse instead of presenting a program
#Electoraldebate: candidates do nothing but verbal abuse instead of presenting a program

The project will continue until December 2014, which marks the end of the school year in Brazil. Other productions will emerge by then, as well as a blog managed independently by a group of young students.

This project has been possible thanks to the EESC  (Coordenadoria Eucumenênica de Serviços), an important foundation that funds community projects by Brazilian organizations that defend social and political rights . 

Follow the project on the Facebook page of our Brazilian office: Internet Sem Fronteiras - Brasil

 


Mardi 21 Octobre 2014
Florence Poznanski
Responsable Bureau Brésil - Internet Sans Frontières Florence Poznanski est politologue. Son projet... En savoir plus sur cet auteur






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