Community radio federation joins international press freedom mission to Honduras


The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) announced today on its active participation on the International mission of observation of press freedom in Honduras from 2-7 November 2009. The mission, organized by International Media Support (IMS), Article 19, Reporters without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists, Free-Voice and other international organizations will verify the conditions and difficulties being confronted by press freedom, journalists, the media and community radios, following the coup d’etat of June 28th, 2009.

AMARC representative María Pía Matta will visit community radio stations and Honduran media and social organizations to analyze the situation, and to explore support measures by AMARC international network as well of other freedom of expression organizations. For further information on the political situation on Honduras, on the situation of community radios and specifically on the international mission, please visit and

More than four months after the coup d’etat in Honduras, the international mission expresses the concern of international freedom of expression organizations regarding denunciations of murder of members of the opposition to the coup d’etat, persecution, forced disappearance, censorship of the media and other serious and systematic violations of human rights.

Through networking, service to members and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations, production centers and community media stakeholders in more than 125 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983 has been to accompany and support the establishment of a world wide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighborhood levels and defends and promotes the principles and interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and cooperation.

article originally published at AMARC.

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