Wednesday, 4 April 2012

[creative-radio] AMARC asks for an urgent intervention of the Freedom of expression and Indigenous peoples rapporteurs in defense of the Mapuche radios

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Date: 4 April 2012 13:56
Subject: [Amarc-info-en] AMARC asks for an urgent intervention of the
Freedom of expression and Indigenous peoples rapporteurs in defense of the
Mapuche radios
To: Marcelo Solervicens <>

*AMARC asks for an urgent intervention of the Freedom of expression and
Indigenous peoples rapporteurs in defense of the Mapuche radios*

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*Complete report in Spanish available contact *Marcelo Solervicens <>

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*Santiago de Chile, April 2nd, 2012*. AMARC Chile realized an observer
mission on Mapuche community media and radios' freedom of expression,
realized in Araucania and Los Rios regions, Chile, from January 25 to 27

As a result of this mission, the network published a report asking for an
urgent intervention of the Freedom of expression and Indigenous peoples
rapporteurs in defense of those radios. The request is included in the
results report.****


Among the requests done to the UN Rapporteurs for the freedom of expression
and opinion and for Indigenous peoples' rights, as well as to the
Rapporteur of the Organization of American States (OAS), there is to take
care of the situation in which are living the Mapuche women communicators
as a result of the exercise of the right to communicate.****

Furthermore, we ask to the Chilean government to repeal the article 36B(a)
of the Telecommunications Law that penalizes the community radio
broadcasting without concession. This affected directly the Kimche Mapu
Radio, a community radio in the Puquiñe Valley in the district of Lanco,
which has been visited during the mission where the risky situation of this
radio was noticed as an outcome of this legislation that penalizes freedom
of expression.****

The mission also allowed the observation of the fact that there are no
public policies in place to stop the monolingualism are promoting,
protecting and revitalizing the Mapudungun language through media. Mapuche
media are facing severe economical conditions for their functioning. There
is no public funding to develop specifically those media.****

The organizations part of the mission learnt, in November 2011, the
existence of two cases affecting seriously the functioning of Mapuche
community radios through the application of the general Telecommunications
Law in force, which penalizes the broadcast without authorization and that
allows the radio licence's revocation. On this occasion, a Mapuche woman
communicator has been accused and, even if the legal action has been
suspended following a decision of the public department, the accusation
could reappear if another denunciation happens. ****

It is the first time that organizations dedicated to the defense of the
right to communicate and to the freedom of expression offer to raise and
disseminate information on the ground about the violation of Mapuche media
rand radios rights. Their aim is to answer to the need to complete the
reports and denunciations regarding the human rights violations in
Indigenous communities.****

This mission was the initiative of the World Association of Community Radio
Broadcasters (AMARC) and Mapuexpress Editorial Collective Pro Bono
Foundation, South American Union of Correspondents' Associations
participated, in collaboration with the Observatory of the Right to
Communicate and Indigenous People and the Latin-American Coordination on
Cinema and Communication of Indigenous Peoples (CLACPI) and the Public
Policies Center on Indigenous Rights (CEPPDI).****

*Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), brings together
a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community
media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of
AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the
establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized
the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the
international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and
promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity,
networking and cooperation.*****

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