Why was anthropologist Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Ávila beaten to death?
One year after anthropologist, author and indigenous rights activist
Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Ávila was beaten to death in Southern Mexico,
there has been silence from the Mexican authorities. The Writers in
Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN askes people to take action.
The killing may according to PEN be related to Gutiérrez' documentation of
attacks by the authorities against an indigenous community radio station.
In a letter to the Mexican Embassy in London the WiPC writes:
A few days before his death, between 23 and 25 July 2008, Gutiérrez had
visited the Suljaa' and Cozoyoapan communities in Costa Chica, Guerrero,
in connection with a documentary film he was making on indigenous cultures
and traditions. Gutiérrez had been carrying out research into the
indigenous people of southern Guerrero for more than 20 years,
particularly in Costa Chica, and had been involved in various cultural
projects there, including the community radio station Radio Ñomndaa and
the establishment of the first Amuzgo community library.
During his last visit to the area, Gutiérrez documented alleged human
rights violations on the part of the authorities against the staff of
Radio Ñomndaa/ La Palabra del Agua (The Word of the Water), including an
interview with one of the station's founders, which he reportedly intended
to include in his documentary. ....
This e-mail service is edited, managed and moderated by
George Lessard http://mediamentor.ca
Make a donation via PayPal:
Creative-Radio is an independent forum for people active in or interested in the use of radio in development, in particular promoting public health, improved education, protection of the environment, improved livelihoods, good governance and conflict mitigation. Since it started in 1996, Creative-Radio has been in the forefront of radio's resurgence as a tool for social change and peace-building, and it helps promote best practice in these areas.
Remove _NO_SPAM_ for use
Change your subscription
- to daily digest mode by sending a blank message to:
- to individual e-mails by sending a blank message to:
- delivery on hold by sending a blank message to
Caveat Lector- Disclaimers, NOTES TO EDITORS
& (c) information may be found @
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Developing Nations license.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Because of the nature of email & the WWW,
please check ALL sources & subjects.
Members who post to this list retain their copyright but grant a non-exclusive license to others to forward any message posted here. They also grant the list owner permission to maintain an archive or approve the archiving of list messages.
Other use of e-mail to this list requires the permission of individual writers