Chiapas: Communal radio is dismantled, youth detained

On Tuesday 12 October 2010 at approximately 7:30pm an operation carried out by members of the State Attorney General’s Office and the Sectorial Police of the state of Chiapas dismantled the communl radio “Proletarian radio 107.5,” located in the installations of the Emiliano Zapata Popular Organization (OPEZ) in Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  The station is affiliated with the Global Association of Communal Radios (AMARC).

According to denunciations, authorities arrested six people, including a minor of 14 years of age who was working at the station, who were released 24 hours later.  Authorities reportedly neither identified themselves nor presented any documents justifying their behavior.  All the transmission material belonging to Proletarian Radio was confiscated, reducing the station to radio-silence.

For more information (in Spanish):


Police close Proletarian Radio in Chiapas (La Jornada,  13 October 2010)

Bulletin: Communal radio is dismantled in attack on freedom of expression (bulletin of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, 13 October 2010)

Protests against closing of citizens’ radio in Chiapas (Proletarian Radio communiqué, 14 October 2010)

Brutal police operation against a communal radio in Chiapas reduces it to silence (Reporters without Borders press-release, 15 October 2010)

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