A member of the Acorda Capoeira (Awaken Capoeira) group performs on a rooftop in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
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Favela residents make their own mediaUnhappy with the portrayal of her community in the mainstream press, single mother Carla Siccos decided to create her own media platform to highlight a different side of life in Rio de Janeiro's infamous City of God. The growth of community-run media in the City of God, internationally notorious because of the gangster movie that bears its name, is part of a broader trend in Rio's often-violent slums or favelas, media experts said.The explosion of free social networking platforms has allowed poor residents of favelas, communities where residents often lack formal property rights and worry about being displaced, to tell their own stories.Judoka Rafaela Silva who grew up in the City of God won Brazil's first gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, bringing a wave of positive local media coverage to the community.Home to more than 20 percent of Rio de Janeiro's population, many of the city's favelas began as hillside squatter communities whose residents lacked formal property titles or land rights.Designed for 15,000 people, City of God now has more than 60,000 residents, community activist Rodrigo Vieira said.
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