On this March 21, UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC, and its radio members across Africa, Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the MENA region, will raise their volume against racism and discrimination.

We are living in a World where increasing nationalist populism and supremacist ideology dramaticly divide the populations between those who have and those who have not access to basic human rights, equal opportunities or access to public goods such as water and food. Those inequalities are the core reasons for migrations that will continue, despite the walls that everyday are built in richest countries, brick after brick of discriminatory policies and discrimination practices.

Community radios are anti-fascist and anti-racist, and this is the reason why we call our members to raise the volume against every form of racial discrimination. AMARC calls for (radio) bridges and not walls. Diversity in broadcasting should reflect the diversity in the society, but it is up to journalists and radio activists to approach this diversity in the full respect of human dignity, besides race or ethical origins.

AMARC calls its members to the respect of ethical codes, such as the Chart of Rome, regarding migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and strongly encourage its radio members to continue fighting against any form of fascism and discrimination.

Community Radios are Against Racism.

AMARC Europe joins the dismay and outrage of AMARC Mexico, the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land and Water of Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala (FPDTA), the comrades and companions of the Community Radio of Almicingo, Mor., and the relatives and loved ones of SAMIR FLORES SOBERANES, outstanding leader of the FPDTA, founder and Director of Community Radio Amiltzinko 100.7 FM, who was murdered on 21 February 2019.

AMARC Mexico Statement following the murder of Samir Flores Soberanes

Die FPDTA has declared: “This was a political crime for the Verteidigung of human rights that Samir and the FPDTA have launched against the Morelos Comprehensive Project and for the autonomy and self-determination of the peoples. This murder is the result of the omission of the current and previous governments to resolve through the dialogue the conflict that generates the unfeasible Morelos Integral Project and the imposition of the interests of capital over the people’s rights “.

The declaration of the FPDTA is based on a long struggle of repression against the communities and indigenous peoples of the Morelos, Puebla y Tlaxclala States, with the immediate antecedent of the peaceful protest that this organization held on February 10, in which the now fallen peasant leader participated and that was rejected by the President of the Republic as a protest of “radical leftists who for me are but conservatives.”

López Obrador has condemned the murder of Samir Flores, however, if he continues to reject and stigmatize the struggle of the opponents of the “Integral Morelos Project” and does not carry out an authentic consultation that accurately collects the opinion of the affected communities, it will be generating conditions that can lead to more unfortunate and unpredictable consequences.

The President of the Republic must order the investigation that leads to the identification and punishment of the criminals, proceed with a serene and sincere dialogue with the FPDTA, guarantee an authentic consultation on the construction of the Huexca Thermoelectric Plant and protect and guarantee the exercise of the free expression and of human rights defenders.

For the National Board of AMARC Mexico, Héctor Camero. #JusticiaParaSamir Amarc MX UNESCO Jesus R Caves

31 December 2014. Just one day after International Human Rights Day, 10 December, the #LeyMordaza (Gag Law) has been approved in Spain which essentially legalises human rights abuses and penalises media coverage that might uncover abusive police behaviour. Under the new law, the production and distribution of images such as the one below can get you a 30.000€ fine.

Spanish Congress approved the restrictive Citizen Safety Law or ‘Gag Law’ today, which now goes to the Senate for final approval. All parliamentary groups except the Partido Popular (PP) oppose the law but as PP holds the majority in both the Spanish Congress and Senate, the law is expected to pass with flying colours.

Some of the most controversial aspects of the Ley Mordaza include:

1. Photographing or recording police – 600 to 30.000€ fine.

2. Peaceful disobedience to authority – 600 to 30.000€ fine.

3. Occupying banks as means of protest – 600 to 30.000€ fine.

4. Not formalising a protest – 600 to 30.000€ fine.

5. For carrying out assemblies or meetings in public spaces – 100 to 600€ fine.

6. For impeding or stopping an eviction – 600 to 30.000€ fine.

7. For presence at an occupied space (not only social centers but also houses occupied by evicted families) – 100 to 600€ fine.

8. Police black lists for protesters, activists and alternative press have been legalised.

9. Meeting or gathering in front of Congress – 600 to 30.000€ fine.

10. Appealing the fines in court requires the payment of judicial costs, whose amount depends on the fine.

11. It allows random identity checks, allowing for racial profiling of immigrants and minorities.

12. Police can now carry out raids at their discretion, without the need for “order” to have been disrupted.

13. External bodily searches are also now allowed at police discretion.

14. The government can prohibit any protest at will, if it feels “order” will be disrupted.

15. Any ill-defined “critical infrastructure” is now considered a forbidden zone for public gatherings if it might affect their functioning.

16. There are also fines for people who climb buildings and monuments without permission. (This has been a common method of protest from organizations like Greenpeace.)

In what seems like a return to Franco’s dictatorship, activists and human rights defenders criticise the new law as it gives overwhelming power and impunity opportunity to police. Amnesty International spokesperson Maria Serrano, says the law also deprives migrants of the right to asylum and eliminates guarantees that migrants could have the right to counsel. Spanish opposition parties strongly opposed the law and staged a protest with gags in response.

On 20 December, thousands of people gathered in several Spanish cities to protest against this ‘Gag Law’ with the largest protests taking place in Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid; others were held in cities including Almeria, Granada and Valencia.

View image on TwitterPhotojournos in Barcelona to protest to law that prohibits photographing the police.

The prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said the law was not meant to gag citizens but protect them. “One of the obligations of the government is to guarantee the liberty and security of all of its citizens,” he said.

But Joan Coscubiel, a spokesperson for the Izquierda Plural group in parliament, called the law a “kick in the teeth for democracy”.

The proposed law has outraged activists. “It’s an attack on one of the pillars of our democracy,” said Stéphane Grueso, a Madrid-based activist and blogger.

Previously, he said, actions such as demonstrating outside the homes and offices of public figures would land protesters in court, defending their actions in front of a judge. But this legislation would automatically deem certain tactics to be outside of the law.

“It worries me how the government has decided, all of a sudden, that they didn’t need judges and that they could solve everything themselves,” Grueso said.

Manuel Ballbé, a law professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, said the legislation was less about cracking down on demonstrators and more about winning votes for the conservative government.

“They need to radicalise these movements, to create a climate of violence. Then the government can come out and show that they are the best party to institute law and order,” he said. “Despite the crisis, there hasn’t been any increase in crimes or violence. With six million unemployed and half of our youth unemployed, there’s been no rise in delinquency.”

The anti-eviction leader Ada Colau called on her nearly 100,000 Twitter followers to stage a day of general disobedience if the law is passed. Her group, the Mortgage Victims’ Platform, added their own message aimed at those promoting the law: “We’re not scared. We know the power that we the people have.”


Our colleagues of Radio Corax, in Germany, interviewed Miriam Meda, former president of Spanish Community Media Federation ReMC and current Secretary General of AMARC Europe. You can listen to the interview hier.

Source: revolution-news.com and theguardian.com

Radio Nava

Radio Nava (Asturias, Spain) hat eine Kampagne auf der Webseite Change.org gestartet to avoid the 30.000 Euros fine imposed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry. The radio station has been charged for using an unauthorized frequency (only 3 community and free radios in Spain have legal licenses to broadcast). Besides the legal actions that this community radio is preparing, the Asturian radio station is asking for support and signatures which will be delivered to the Spanish Minister of Industry, José Manuel Soria.

Radio Nava has been broadcasting since 1997 and one of its strenghts is its use of communication tools to support drug users’ rehabilitation and drug prevention in the town where it is located. Many families and citizens would be negatively affected if this community radio station ceases to broadcast. With this petition the association will also try to force the Spanish Government to develop more specific regulation for community radio and in the hope that licenses will be issued for community radio projects across the country.

Bitte loggen Sie sich der Kampagne hier .

Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language to the Spanish Ministry of Industry:

  • Dringen Sie sofort alle Bedrohungen zu stoppen Radio Schiff and to cancel the procedure relating to the closure and fine.
  • Calling for all necessary steps to be taken to ensure fair and sustainable development of community media in Spain, through a proper specific regulation for the Third Media Sector, as demanded by the national law of 2010.

Please send appeals before 30th November 2014 to:

Minister D. José Manuel Soria: https://www.minetur.gob.en / es-ES / Minister /EscribaMinistro / Pages /formularioescribaalministro.aspx

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmsoria mit dem hasthag #LibertadRadioNava

And copies to:

Spanish Federation of Community Media (ReMC):

Koordination @medioscomunitarios.net

betty-and-JiryFour years after the murder of Alberta Cariño Trujillo , director of the Center for Community Support Working Together (Cactus ) and a community radio activist and Jiry Jaakkola , a human rights observer from Finland , relatives, lawyers and fellow NGOs demand the arrest of the murderers and end to impunity . They keep on hunger strike .

On April 27, 2010 , Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño were aboard a van, heading a peace caravan , accompanied by civil society organizations , teachers and journalists. The objective: to “actively support the organization of the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala , Oaxaca, and its struggle to unite the Triqui people and help stop any aggression against the community”; they also brought food and water.

Once admitted to the community of La Sabana , Triqui area dominated by the organization of Social Welfare Unit of the Triqui Region ( UBISORT ) , more than 20 paramilitary fired guns and the car crashed into a row of stones, in Los Pinos.

Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola were aboard the vehicle carrying a banner with the words “Press and Caravan of Observation” . They died in the

After the ambush about twenty people were questioned by the Attorney General’s Office, but so far no one has been charged for any crimes Meanwhile, peace is still an aspiration in the area, and indigenous supporters of the autonomous municipality remain in exile and in poverty since 2010 .

Below is the letter of the participants of the Action Day for the arrest of the murderers of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola .

Mexico , DF , on May 5, 2014 .
The solidarity of the people and peoplesThose who resist and face persecution

Wer wird ihre Stimme zu erheben und zu Unrecht inhaftiert

Diejenigen, die organisiert sind daran zu erinnern,

Kampf in Erinnerung an unsere Toten

A five-day hunger strike .

Because there is NO memory without justice or peace without truth.

Today we start our eight days of action to ask for the arrest of the murderers of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola , and 5 days of fasting to demand justice . We have had the solidarity of many comrades, our families walk beside us and demand the arrest of the murderers. Also, some political prisoners, charged with defending life and the earth have spoken and joined the fasting from prison. And above all , we have had the support of those who are here to accompany us with their presence and solidarity in this strike action and our demand to the state to prosecute those responsible for the deaths of Betty and Jyri, whose words we remember in our hearts giving us the strength to keep going.

And there is no memory without justice or peace without truth. Therefore , we must again say that Betty death is a responsibility of not only by the leaders of the paramilitary group UBISORT , but also of the PRI government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, and although it is known that he stole from, imprisoned and repressed the people of Oaxaca, where social leaders were murdered , and that under his government there were forced disappearances, he lives in impunity.

What more can we say ? We’ve been demanding justice four years . Jyri’s family and I, as Betty’s partner, have knocked on the doors of all relevant institutions; we heard the hollow words of authorities , from presidents of the republic to solicitors, foreign ministers, undersecretaries , prosecutors, governors and every single one of state and federal agencies responsible for administering justice . But we no longer believe in their false promises.

After four years, we’re still here, shouting, demanding the same than thousands of Mexicans who live in a country of impunity and corruption . They are the victims of this country who have put names and faces to the aggressors, because institutions are obsolete , corrupt and incompetent; and we all still continue to demand justice.

So here we are and here we will continue. We are purposeful , because we want those responsible in jail, because we want justice in Mexico, because we demand that the law is enforced . We call from this place to make our voice heard by you, who suffer and face state persecution , organized crime groups or power; by those who speak out or are imprisoned for demanding their rights and defend the people; by those who are organized to remember the abuses and violations of our rights. In memory of our dead. For those who struggle for life.

Justice for Bety and Jyri !

Stopping the murderers already !

No more impunity !

The silence is complicity

Im Gedenken an unsere Toten

Bety Cariño left behind her husband and two young children.