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Mexico: Community Broadcasters Criminally Charged


Mexico: Community Broadcasters Criminally Charged

On 30 June 2009, Héctor Camero, Director of Radio Tierra y Libertad, a community radio station based in a poor neighbourhood in the northern city of Monterrey, was charged with the use and exploitation of a public resource (the airwaves) without a permit, which is punishable by up to twelve years’ imprisonment. Camero avoided being detained only because his lawyers launched a successful action for habeas corpus. Radio Tierra y Libertad has been providing public interest information to low income communities in Monterrey for seven years. The criminal prosecution was initiated by a formal request on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior.

By  Article 19,,UK.

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