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Radio Mundo Real (RWR) is a multilingual web-based radio station. RWR works as part of and in close cooperation with the communications functions of the environmentalist group Friends of the Earth International (FoEI).
RWR was created in September 2003, during the World Trade Organization’s Fifth Ministerial Conference, as an initiative to increase and support the resistance to the event. Ever since then, RWR has covered the struggle of the social, indigenous and peasant movements worldwide, among others, addressing a wide range of social and environmental issues. The different themes it covers have been organized to foster and facilitate interaction with FoEI programs. Critically, RWR broadcasts on issues that mainstream media will not. It has opened up a new space for the voices and testimonies of those worst affected by liberalization and privatization policies and mega infrastructure projects, and has reported on the impacts of the neoliberal agenda in many different parts of the world.
RWR's main purpose is to report on the impacts of neoliberalism on countries of the global south. RWR reveals many ways in which local communities resist the ambitious politics of the transnational corporations. One of RWR’s main goals is to create a space where community radios in the Americas and the world would exchange productions on sustainability and environmental issues. It also aims to promote the inclusion of communication rights and the democratization of information as one of the issues on the agenda of social movements.
Real World Radio (RWR) produces a daily news report, which is syndicated to community radio stations around the world. The report is offered in a variety of formats, both audio and written, and CDs are distributed to radio stations in regions without good internet access. A newsletter with the most relevant news stories and features on specific themes is distributed to a list of subscribers - mostly organizations - and to several electronic lists.
Today, RWR is an established counter-hegemonic medium for activists and grassroots social movements.