Controlling the media is a fundamental part of reproducing and holding on to
power. Known as the "manufacture of consent", it has been a crucial
principle upon which the Nazi/fascist dictatorships of the past century were
based—not unlike the current Honduran government, which by consolidating
control over the media into its own hands has turned democracy into a farce.
All of this is not lost on grassroots broadcasters, who have managed to
create independent spaces for democracy and discussion, even in countries
where such things have all but been extinguished.
In Honduras, where sensationalizing and manipulating the truth is a common
practice among journalists, community radio stations have emerged as a
critical part of the anti-coup movement: they can project and expand the
many voices of resistance while at the same time they are able to reach and
educate listeners who may not have been in the streets in the days following
Community radio is not just a social and political commitment to 'give voice
to the voiceless'—rather it is the shared property of a community, which
articulates itself as a whole through the mics. And while there might be a
coordinator or supervisor of some kind, all decisions are made collectively
by volunteers. Brendaly Rivas, of Radio Durugubuty, San Juan Tela, explains
that "as soon as you introduce money into the equation, you start to have
problems: everyone wants to stick their hand in it, while on the other hand,
when there's no money involved, everyone works in a more relaxed
environment." Community radio is not-for-profit, supported only by
solidarity efforts, profits from broadcasting advertisements from sister
organizations, or from community-wide raffles.
New attacks highlight danger faced by community radio in Honduras
Journalists from two Honduran radio stations suffered new acts of
adding to the climate of increasing violence and threats faced by opposition
broadcasters in the country, El Pregón reports.
Radio Uno director Arnulfo Aguilar was
ambushed<http://www.barrigaverde.net/?q=node/17541>near his house in
Pedro Sula <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Pedro_Sula> by a group of armed
men in ski masks just before midnight April 27, Barrigaverde.net explains.
According to Provincia, he escaped unharmed with help from neighbors and
called the attack a "thwarted
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