Global South refers to the set of developing countries that are not necessarily located in the geographic south of the globe, but on the periphery of capitalism. It is a political concept to designate nations whose histories are interconnected with colonialism, neocolonialism and a social and economic structure with great inequalities in living standards, life expectancy or access to resources.
Another common point between these countries at different stages of development is the way they are portrayed by the Western hegemonic media, spokespersons for the Global North and holders of media with global reach.
This network was created to be an alternative to this condition of passivity in the news about our countries. Global South News was born with the purpose of uniting journalists from these developing nations to be the protagonists of their own stories. A multi-ethnic, multilingual, plural and diverse space, based on mutual respect and the sovereignty and self-determination of peoples.
Global South News will host journalistic texts about the reality of these countries. Show the history of our peoples, challenges and hopes through our eyes. We want to build our own stories without the biases of the hegemonic western media.
This project was born during the exchange program for foreign journalists offered by the China Public Diplomacy Association, linked to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.
During the second half of 2022, more than 80 journalists from different countries of the Global South had the opportunity to visit the People’s Republic of China and to cover the historic 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPCh), held between the October 16 and 22, 2022 in Beijing.
During the prolonged coexistence between journalists of multiple nationalities, ethnicities and cultures, it was possible to verify that our countries are portrayed in a stereotyped way by the Western hegemonic media. This is a phenomenon that is directly related to the global geopolitical configuration. And that configuration is changing right now.
It is not about showing that we are heaven on earth. All these nations have enormous challenges to overcome. The point is that we have to put a stop to stereotypes that only serve to feed prejudice and misinformation. We have to take the reins over the story of our journey.
Here we begin a new era for journalism in the Global South. There is a palpable optimism that runs through our hearts, souls and minds. Alone, we can do very little. Together, we can and will change the way our stories are told.
Long live the Global South!