Air waves against bullets – indigenous radios stations in Cauca

first_img Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en Colombia’s indigenous peoples will today hold another day of solidarity and collective action, called a Minga, continuing those held in 2004 and 2008. The watchword for today’s activities is “Defence of Mother Earth, 520 years of resistance.” Reporters Without Borders has chosen this day to release a report and video of the joint visit that its Colombian correspondent, Fabiola León Posada, and the Italian documentary filmmaker Simone Bruno made to the department of Cauca at the end of last month.Video: Reporters Without Borders previously visited representatives of community radio stations affiliated to the Cauca Indigenous Regional Council (CRIC) in 2010. The reason for this return visit was concern about these radio stations, especially as clashes between government forces and the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have gained in intensity again since early July. The community radio stations play a key role in maintaining social cohesion and the indigenous cultural heritage. They also help overcome the isolation of the different population groups that are caught in the crossfire of Colombia’s interminable civil ware and are stigmatized by both sides.Two of these community radio stations – Jambaló-based Voces de Nuestra Tierra and Toribío-based Nasa Estéreo – recently had to suspend operations. In the case of Voces de Nuestra Tierra, it was because its antenna was destroyed. The station’s presenters and reporters described the incident to us.Far from being collateral victims of the civil war, the indigenous population is often targeted. The threat has increased with the 28 July promise by two paramilitary groups, the Black Eagles and the Rastrojos, to carry out a major “social cleansing” in the north of the department. It was these mercenaries of terror who may have been responsible for community leader and radio presenter Rodolfo Maya Aricape’s murder in front of his family on 14 October 2010, a crime that is still unpunished. ColombiaAmericas Reports ColombiaAmericas News News Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia News April 27, 2021 Find out more Amid an increase in clashes in Cauca directly effecting indigenous community media, Reporters Without Borders continues to call for:- Assistance by the Colombia state and the international community – to which Reporters Without Borders intends to contribute, within the limits of its resources – for the reconstruction of community media hit by the fighting.- Protection for the media used by the indigenous communities and for all the other spaces where they meet.- A ceasefire and protection for the civilian population away from the fighting.Summary of the reportThe Reporters Without Borders report (which can be read in full in Spanish) describes the acts of intimidation, sabotage and bombings that have targeted the community radio milieu and examines the way that the indigenous community networks have consolidated as the armed conflict has gained in intensity.Formed in 1971, the CRIC bought together entities representing the Nasa, Misak, Yanacona, Totoró and Kokonuco peoples and various peasant groups. Cauca department is nowadays estimated to have an indigenous population of more than 250,000 distributed over a total of 77 communities called “resguardos.”The spread of community radio stations began with the Nasa project, launched in 1980 by Alvaro Ulcué, an indigenous priest who was murdered on 10 November 1984, probably by state agents. The project had four central elements – territorial autonomy, acting as a local government, consolidating identity and doing without the national government. The Nasa project spawned many local initiatives in its wake, especially in the areas of health, environment, spirituality and education (including communication).It was around that time that the guerrillas carried out a successful offensive in Toribío after a long presence in the area. Despite the 1985 Vitoncó resolution, calling for demilitarization of indigenous territories, the reaction to the guerrilla victory was a never-ending wave of violence that grew in intensity in the 2000s, when the paramilitary United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) established their “Calima,” “Farallones” and “Libertad” offshoots in Cauca.Despite constant danger, forced stoppages, confiscation of equipment and financial difficulties, the community radio stations began over the years to play a strategic role in rallying the population in the resguardos.As their representatives explained to us during the visit, the radio stations relay and accompany projects concerning community life, cover the local mingas – including those organized by women and young people – and are an indispensible vehicle of collective expression during community assemblies. Cauca’s indigenous radio stations also continue to promote long-standing political demands, which is why they are priority military targets for the parties to the civil war.The armed clashes in July have put the call for regional autonomy back on the front burner, a call that was reiterated by these communities above all when members of the indigenous guard succeeded in removing the soldiers who had been guarding Cerro Berlín, near Toribío. A total of 22 people were injured in the clash, which took place on 17 July.The indigenous population is also concerned about the way the event was covered by Colombia’s mainstream media. The CRIC addressed an open letter to 17 national radio and TV stations and publications on 26 July describing their coverage as biased against the indigenous communities. The letter is still awaiting an answer, as is the offer of dialogue with the government. 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Wave of attempts to intimidate independent media in run-up to presidential election

first_imgNews May 5, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Follow the news on Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing to go furthercenter_img Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out more February 17, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wave of attempts to intimidate independent media in run-up to presidential election Help by sharing this information News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by attempts to intimidate independent national media in recent days in Russia.“Whether the result of a change in strategy by the Kremlin or simultaneous initiatives by zealous subordinates, these manoeuvres must stop at once,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The warning shot fired across radio Echo of Moscow’s bows by its leading shareholder is the latest in a series of moves to reorganize independent media in the past few months.“Like the ridiculous charge of being ‘in the pay of foreigners,’ this devious behaviour above all reflects a growing alarm within the government and its allies about the sizeable opposition movement they are facing for the first time in the run-up to the 4 March presidential election. It also reflects an unacceptable contempt for journalists and belief that they can be easily silenced.”The online television station Dozhd TV yesterday received a fax from the Moscow prosecutor’s office asking it to provide detailed information about “the station’s funding for its coverage of the mass demonstrations from 10 to 24 December,” in which large marches were staged throughout the country in protest against alleged electoral fraud.The query was prompted by a request filed in late December by Robert Shlegel, a parliamentary representative of the ruling United Russia party and a former spokesman for the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi, who told the media he regarded Dozhd TV as an “information sponsor” of the opposition demonstrations. It was important to verify claims that the demonstrations and the coverage of them been financed “from abroad,” Shlegel said.Dozhd TV owner Natalya Sindeyeva announced that the station’s lawyers were preparing to respond to the request from the prosecutor’s office. She added that the station’s running costs were covered by her own resources, funds provided by her husband and what it earned from advertising.Two days earlier, Echo of Moscow, one of Russia’s leading independent broadcast media, announced that its board of directors is to be disbanded on the insistence of its majority shareholder, Gazprom, the partly state-owned natural gas company that is a close Kremlin ally. Acquired by Gazprom in 2001, like the popular TV station NTV, Echo of Moscow had managed until now to maintain its independence.Defending its request for changes in the board of directors, Gazprom-Media said it was motivated by a desire to “streamline” the management of its holdings and by the “increased attention being paid to the radio station by various sides.” One can only wonder at the request’s timing – just weeks before a presidential election and just one month after Vladimir Putin accused the station of “pouring shit over me from morning till evening.”This is the point made by the station’s journalists in a 14 February statement claiming that they were the victims of political pressure. “We understand that Gazprom-Media has been unable to react to criticism about the station from Russia’s highest officials,” they said.Reporters Without Borders said today: “We urge Gazprom-Media to explain why an overhaul of the station’s board of directors is so urgent. The wave of changes in media positions two months after the dismissal of Kommersant-Vlast’s editor in chief is just reinforcing the impression of a generalized attempt to get journalists to toe the line.”In the reshuffle of Echo of Moscow’s board scheduled for 29 March, Gazprom will get five of the nine seats instead of the four it has now. The newsroom’s current representatives, including editor in chief Alexei Venediktov and two “independent directors,” are to stand down. The journalists have already chosen their replacements and insist that the station’s editorial policy will not change. The newsroom’s staff is not being changed either.Gazprom-Media has not responded to offers from Dozhd TV owner Sindeyeva and presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov to buy its 66 per cent stake in Echo of Moscow. In the past, the company had repeatedly turned down similar offers from the station’s journalists.The accusations against Dozhd TV have much in common with Prime Minister Putin’s claim that the anti-government protesters were incited by the US State Department. One of the targets of a series of cyber-attacks on independents news websites on the eve of last December’s parliamentary elections, Dozhd TV already had to defend its coverage of the protests on 5 and 6 December to the Federal Supervisory Agency for Communications (Roskomnadzor).After closely examining recordings of the station’s coverage, the agency concluded that they contained nothing amiss.Putin is United Russia’s candidate in the presidential election being held on 4 March. If he wins, he will recover the position he already held from 2000 to 2008. last_img read more

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City will jazz it up with sounds of September

first_imgFacebook Limerick Jazz Festival returns to the city later this month [27-30 September] with a wide range of great music and top class artists from across Ireland, Britain and Europe.Launching The upcoming 7th International Jazz Festival were, Hugh Cleary Ward and Heather Nash. Picture: Alan PlaceLIMERICK’S International Jazz Festival returns to the city at the end of the month with a wide range of great music and top class artists from across Ireland, Britain and Europe.The event which runs from September 27 to 30 September will be highlighted by a jazz trail taking in seven venues across the city.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This year’s headline acts are Linley Hamilton with the Camden Orchestra at the Belltable and the Julien Siegel Quartet at Dolan’s on Friday, September 28; a children’s music workshop in Ormston House, a jazz improv workshop in the Hunt Museum, followed by the Paul Dunlea Group and the Renegade Brass Band in Dolan’s on Saturday; Jim Doherty, followed by Aoife Doyle with the Limerick Jazz Quartet at Dolan’s on Sunday.Festival organiser John Daly said that the programme featured an eclectic mixture of some of the finest local, national and international Jazz musicians for a fantastic four days of top quality live music in Limerick.“We will be presenting a programme of events that combines quality, accessibility and great value for money. Limerick’s Jazz scene is growing and maturing every year and this year’s festival,” he added.Mayor James Collins said it was fantastic to see the return of the Limerick Jazz Festival to the city for its seventh anniversary.“It has firmly established itself as part of the city’s autumn cultural calendar and it is great to see the organisers continue to attract great artists to the city.”Culture and Arts Officer Sheila Deegan added: “The significance of jazz can be noticed by its varying styles, innovations and complexity. Jazz has intricate rhythms and harmonies which are reflected in this wonderfully diverse programme in this year’s festival.”The festival is promoted by the Limerick Jazz Society with support from the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council and Fáilte Ireland.by Tom [email protected] Linkedin WhatsApp Advertisement NewsCommunityLifestyleEntertainmentCity will jazz it up with sounds of SeptemberBy Staff Reporter – September 5, 2018 1448 center_img Email Twitter Print Previous articleAll-Ireland song puts Simon in CloverNext articleWATCH – Taute speaks on return from injury and Glasgow test Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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