Tuesday, 24 November 2009

[creative-radio] Honduras: Radio Progreso raid shows how military censor news media


Radio Progreso raid shows how military censor news media


With just six days to go to controversial general elections, Reporters
Without Borders is today posting a video of a raid on Radio Progreso, a
radio station based in the northern town of El Progreso that was one of
the first victims of last June's coup d'état.

Just hours after the democratically-elected president, Manuel Zelaya, was
deposed and deported on 28 June, 25 soldiers raided Radio Progreso to
prevent it broadcasting any information about the coup.>

The general elections that the de facto authorities are planning to hold
on 29 November have been fiercely criticised both within Honduras and by a
segment of the internal community and the opposition media are expected to
have problems during the last week of the election campaign.

Esdras Amado López, the head of Canal 36 television, reported on 20
November that his station has been closed by the authorities again. It was
already closed for a while in September and has often been censored.
Pro-coup media are meanwhile exposed to the possibility of street
violence, as an attack on the Tegucigalpa-based station HRN on 4 November
already showed.

Founded by Jesuits 60 years ago and nowadays run by Father Ismael Moreno
(also known as "Padre Melo"), Radio Progreso employs around 10 - mainly
young - reporters while involving its listeners in the preparation of many
of its news, educational and musical programmes. It is fiercely
independent and often criticised President Zelaya before the coup.

The footage shown in the video was filmed by the staff of Radio Progreso,
which Reporters Without Borders and six other international press freedom
organisations met during a joint visit to Honduras from 1 to 7 November
(see 13 November release).

The other organisations that took part in this international press freedom
mission to Honduras were the World Association of Community Radio
Broadcasters (AMARC), Freevoice, International Media Support (IMS), the
World Association of Newspapers WAN), the International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) and Article 19.


En la ciudad de El Progreso (norte del pais), cuatro horas después del
golpe del 28 de junio de 2009, las instalaciones de Radio Progreso, una
emisora educativa fundada y animada por la comunidad jesuita, están
sitiadas por militares. Las autoridades obligan a la redacción a cerrar en
el acto todas las operaciones.

El director, Ismael Moreno, informó en un comunicado que personas del
pueblo se interponieron, evitando así violencias más graves. En noviembre
de 2009, Reporteros sin Fronteras encontró al equipo de Radio Progreso.

Reporters Without Borders: Radio Progreso

Four hours after the coup detat on 28 june 2009, in the city of El
Progreso (in the north of the country), the offices of Radio Progresso, an
educational radio station founded and run by the Jesuit community, were
taken over by the army. The authorities forced the staff to immediately
stop all activity.

The director, Ismael Moreno, highlighted in a press release that the
villagers intervened, thereby avoiding more serious violence. In November
2009, Reporters Without Borders met with the Radio Progreso team.

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