Guatemala: Saving Indigenous Radio

This short video is from ‘Amplifying Indigenous Voices: Cultural Survival’s Community Media Program’.

Community radio has been a vital presence in Indigenous communities in Guatemala since the 1960s. Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala rely on community radio to keep their cultures, languages, and traditions alive as well as to inform their communities about issues and events relevant to their lives. Community radio also serves the vital function of distributing content to listeners in their own language, reaching even the poorest areas where radio may be the only affordable form of communication. The right to this media is clearly defined by the Guatemalan Peace Accords, the Guatemalan constitution, and organizations like the United Nations and the International Labor Organization, yet access to community radio remains restricted, and Guatemalan community radio stations are frequently targeted in police raids.

Bill 4087, which provides for the legalization of community radio, was proposed in 2010 but has not advanced. A similar law enacted in Argentina has proved beneficial to Indigenous Peoples by promoting their political participation, community cohesion, and self-sufficiency. If Bill 4087 is passed into law, Guatemala will finally see the democratization of media and take a meaningful step toward ending Indigenous repression, while also promoting peace and stability within the region as a whole.

You can read more here on the Cultural Survival website.

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Categories: Culture, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Legal, Lobbying, Solidarity in Action/Guatemala, Video

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