Friday, 31 July 2009

[creative-radio] Killing related to attacks by the authorities against an indigenous community radio station.


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. ....

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