Organizing together

Join us as we continue to build the MEDIA ACCESS AND INTERNET FREEDOM MOVEMENT!

We hope that you will pass along links to our site via your listserv and social media outlets to encourage people to create a blog, podcast or video about their human right to communicate.

Connect with CIYR! organizers. Our Twitter handle is: @commisyourright. Find a list of our organizers on Twitter here

If you are interested in organizing to strengthen this movement contact Mera at

We are interested in organizers who are open to helping with:

  • Outreach to your networks and community
  • Joining CIYR! advocates on organizing phone calls to shape the future of CIYR!
  • Creating a blog, video or other piece of media about human rights and freedom of expression

Current Organizers:

Mera Szendro Bok

Mera and Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Twitter: @MeraSB

I founded CIYR! in 2009, to advocate for people’s right to access information, create media and be included in the policy-making process. I’m passionate about advocating for the protection of freedom of expression and human rights by engaging communities and supporting people’s voices around the world. Full-time, I work on event building, communications/outreach and community engagement for media reform and internet freedom initiatives. In 2006 and 2007 I worked at the United Nations in the Department of Public Information/UNESCO where I learned about Article 19 and became inspired to engage a variety of communities around CIYR!.  I was born in Europe, grew up in New York and am now I’m living in Washington D.C.

Questions ? Comments ? Email me at meraszendro at

Abby Martin

Media Roots

Twitter: @abbymediaroots

I am an artist, activist, community organizer, citizen journalist, and the creator of new media projects in the hope to build upon the emerging renaissance of grassroots reporting happening worldwide. Realizing that every issue around the world can only be truly communicated with unfettered access to media sources, I started to direct my energy towards new media projects and media reform. Without an informed citizenry on the issues that impact our lives, there can be no true representation for the people. I am located in the San Francisco bay area and really excited to be a part of the Article 19 campaign, because I think that unhindered communication and a free media is OUR human right!

Matthew Schroyer

The Mental Munition Factory
Twitter: @matthew_ryan

I’m an independent journalist, writer, media political economist and media reform advocate, focused on mass communication and its role in a democracy. A healthy society must endow its citizens with an inalienable right to receive information and to shape mass communication, and that’s why the Article 19 campaign appeals to me. I’ve written for several newspapers on presidential campaigns, porn stars, musicians, school board meetings and other slices of Midwestern Americana. I earned my B.S. in Mass Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2008, and I’m currently attending the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana as a graduate student of journalism.

Jay Baker

Twitter: @MediaActivist
I’m a British media activist who has self-produced documentaries, self-published books, led community media DIY workshops and campaigned for democratic media in North America as well as the UK. I am concerned that more and more media is owned and controlled by fewer and fewer interests and believe media needs to be democratized so more communities can both vocalize as well as receive information of concern to them. I’ve contributed to the award-winning zine La Bouche, indie newspaper The Mule, webzine The Scavenger, and The Blog Paper, and I thrive on collaborating to fight for democratic media!

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)

BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

BNNRC is a national networking body on alternative mass media working for building a democratic society based on the principles of free flow of information, equitable & affordable access to Information, Communication Technology (ICT) for remote & marginalized population.

BNNRC is registered body with NGO Affaires Bureau and Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Bangladesh as an Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Network and established in 2000 as per Article 19 charter of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

BNNRC has been undertaking pioneer approaches to integrate ICT for Development (ICT4D), related policy advocacy for good governance, People’s Right in Country and Global Commons and Poverty Alleviation with community development work at the grassroots through its networking NGOs in Bangladesh.

BNNRC’s outreach extends to local, national and international forums. Communication is recognized as an essential human need and, therefore, as a basic human right. In this backdrop, BNNRC’s working strategies are:

1. Communicating in Public Sphere 2. Communicating Knowledge
3. Civil Rights in Communication 4. Cultural Rights in Communication

BNNRC now strives for the following core interventions to achieve Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Action Plan and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

1. Awareness on correlations of ICT, poverty alleviation and Institutionalization of Democracy and Right to Information (RTI)

2. Establishment of ICT Resource Center and Promotion of Rural Knowledge Volunteers (RKV) as primary ICT catalyst in remote rural areas;

3. Advocacy and Campaign for Bridging the Digital Divide/Information Divide/Knowledge Divide through Community Radio – voices for the voice-less/ voices for the rural people;

4. Piloting Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) projects at rural areas to create show case examples for greater multiplication through Rural Knowledge Center (RKC)/ Tele Centre,

5. Establishment of Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) through Amateur Radio (HAM Radio) Promotion,

6. Establishment of People’s Right in Telecommunication/ Global Commons/Country Commons.

7. To promote the adoption of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), open standards, and open content for development

BNNRC utilizes its vast experience and works as development partner with all concerned government ministries/bodies, Political leaders NGOs, CBOs, private sector, civil society actors, media, national and international agencies and other stakeholders to promote Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D).

We invite you to join our Struggle!!!

AHM. Bazlur Rahman-S21BR
Chief Executive Officer

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