Creating Voice Capabilities – Migration, Media, and Multiculturalism

  • Prof. Kanchan K. Malik
Keywords: Community media, migration, multi-culturalism, voice politics, right to be heard


This article is an updated version of the presentation made by the author at the “Conference on Migration and Media Awareness” in Hamburg in November 2017 jointly organized by Refugee Radio Awareness Network and Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik. In the panel on ‘Migration, Media, and Multiculturalism’ and in this article, she presents her perspective on ways to incorporate migration in the social change agenda of community media/radio. She reflects on the topic through scholarly readings and pertinent data to draw a conceptual vocabulary that links media and human mobility and proposes takeaways for sensitising community media/radio to play a crucial role in mainstreaming discourses and issues related to migration. The article recommends “voice capability” as a means for mobilising community media/radio to create spaces for migrants to have a voice and a voice that has matters.


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How to Cite
Malik, K. K. (2019). Creating Voice Capabilities – Migration, Media, and Multiculturalism. COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION: A South Asian Journal of Communication for Social Change, 1(1), 26-32. Retrieved from
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