Saturday, 19 June 2010

[creative-radio] 300 soldiers and police storm community radio in continuing coup against Honduras media

UNHCR | Refworld | 300 soldiers and police storm community radio in
continuing coup against Honduras #media


Although nearly a year has gone by since the coup d'état of 28 June 2009,
the authorities continue to adopt arbitrary repressive measures against
opposition and community news media. The latest example is yesterday
morning's assault by troops and police on *La Voz de Zacate Grande 97.1 FM*,
a community radio in the southern peninsula of Zacate Grande.

Armed with a warrant for the arrest of five peasant leaders, around 300
soldiers and police invaded the community and shut down its radio. Yellow
tape bearing with the words "crime scene" now surrounds the small station,
the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) said.

Military occupation of news media before an official closure order was
issued was typical of the methods used at the time of the coup. It was the
procedure used to force *Radio
the air just a few hours after President Manuel Zelaya's ouster .

The same procedure was followed when *Radio Globo* and *Canal
36-Cholusat*were closed during the state
of siege<,34615.html>that
was declared in September in response to Zelaya's clandestine return,
and when cable TV antennae were seized in order to censor the foreign media

The only possible explanation for yesterday's raid was the desire to silence
a radio station that spoke for a community involved in serious land dispute,
just as the only possible explanation for the crime scene tape was to
criminalise the people and their radio. Whether *La Voz de Zacate Grande* is
paying the price for the land dispute or whether it is the primary target of
this persecution<,37102.html>,
this is political censorship and a violation of the Inter-American
Convention on Human Rights.

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