Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Radio Victoria Press Release

Dear SHARE family,

Once again, the Radio Victoria in Victoria, Cabañas is receiving death threats.  Threats against many of the young people at this community radio have been going on all year, along with threats to burn down the radio.  Numerous anti-mining activists have already lost their lives and many other leaders in this movement have been threatened or attempts have been made on their lives. 

Please stay posted for ways to stand in solidarity with these inspiring, dedicate young people at the Radio Victoria. 

In solidarity,


Today, May 3rd, is World Press Freedom Day and on this day Radio Victoria is again denouncing death threats against their workers. 
During the early hours of Saturday April 30th a note was slipped under Radio Victoria´s front entrance naming 3 workers  and threatening their lives if they did not leave the Radio by Wednesday May 4th.
On May 2nd during the evening 2 radio journalists received text messages on their cell phones threatening them in different ways including saying that one of the workers´ 3 year old daughter would be the one to pay if they did not change the tone of the radio.
Tomorrow May 4th Radio Victoria and ADES, Santa Marta´s Social and Economic Development Association, will hold a press conference in front of El Salvador´s Attorney General´s office denouncing the total lack of results from investigations into who are the intellectual and material authors of these continuous threats.

We will send out more information soon on how you all can support the Radio and other human rights defenders in El Salvador.

Thank you for your attention and support.

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