PBI-Mexico marks World Radio Day and celebrates the work of Indigenous communicators who defend territory

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PBI-Mexico has posted:

“This February 13th from @PBI_Mexico we celebrate the world radio day that has allowed the right to information and free expression.

We give a recognition to community radios Cholollan Radio, Mi Radio Zacatepec Tlaxcalancingo and Radio Comunitaria Amiltzinko 100.7Fm that use this medium to inform communities and defend their territory. From PBI, we support the indigenous social use of these radios in order to make visible the struggles for the promotion, development and preservation of their languages, their cultures and their knowledge.


Photo: Indigenous Nahua communicator Miryam Vargas Teutle is with Cholollan Radio. She is a member of the Peoples Front in Defense of the Earth and Water (FPDTA) in the states of Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala (southeast Mexico).

Photo: In December 2021, PBI-Mexico visited Radio Zacatepec, a community radio station under threat for reporting on dangers to the Metlapanapa River.

Photo: Indigenous Náhuatl environmental activist Samir Flores Soberanes, founder of Community Radio Amiltzinko 100.7 FM and a member of the FPDTA, was murdered on February 21, 2019 for his opposition to the PIM megaproject.

We join with PBI-Mexico in highlighting the important work of community radio and Indigenous communicators.

At this time, we are also particularly attentive to the case of Cree/Iroquois/French journalist Brandi Morin who was arrested on January 10, 2024, and charged with criminal obstruction for reporting on a police raid of an Indigenous homeless camp in Edmonton, Alberta (Treaty Six territory) in Canada. She could face two years in jail.

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