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Strategies for Media ReformInternational Perspectives$
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Des Freedman, Jonathan Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271641

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271641.001.0001

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Media Reform in Guatemala

Media Reform in Guatemala

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(p.319) Chapter Twenty-Five Media Reform in Guatemala
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Strategies for Media Reform
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Mark Camp

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271641.003.0025

This chapter explores the use of community radio by Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala as a vital source of self-expression. In the light of the continuing refusal of Guatemalan governments to provide Indigenous communities with legal access to community radio stations, the chapter highlights the use of legal challenges together with the emergence of citizen-based low-power FM stations in order mount pressure for reform. These activities have been complemented by intensive lobbying by local residents for constitutional change and the presentation of a petition that is currently being considered by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States. The legalization of community radio is a crucial battle for freedom of expression for Indigenous groups and an increasingly salient issue for Guatemalan citizens.

Keywords:   community media, community radio, freedom of expression, Guatemala, indigenous, Indigenous Peoples

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