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Strengthening freedom of expression, gender education and access to information for indigenous communities through radio

Approved budget: 
US$9 350.00

The Mexican government has sided with radio and TV monopolies owned by private capital. Alternative and cultural radio stations are still excluded from the Mexican radio and television law. Only a few broadcasting community and cultural radios have licenses, due to social pressure and the work of civil organizations. Indigenous communities which since centuries have been excluded and relegated to poverty and marginalization, need media access to freely express their voices and to participate in public decision making.

Radio Huayacocotla La Voz de los Campesinos (Radio Huaya) has been able to contribute to the exercise of these rights, despite the adversities. Nahuatl, Tepehua and Otomi indigenous people and the Spanish-speaking peasants are the main actors who participate in the Radio. In rural and indigenous communities in Mexico there are a few women working in media, being journalists or developing a professional career as community communicators and the Radio strongly supports them as well. Radio Huaya promotes the exchange of information and knowledge; the diversity of content, with editorial freedom based on the topics of interest to indigenous communities, with news that expand their voice. Its policy is for the people of the communities to decide on the programs’ focus - an approach which helps to build cultural identity, promotes alternative and local information by enabling indigenous communities to exercise their right to freedom of expression.

This project aims to reinforce indigenous women's participation in media, as well as to strengthen capacities of indigenous communities in the development and dissemination of cultural content. It will see the delivery of training in broadcasting local news in indigenous languages, as well as on journalist protection and gender mainstreaming as priority topics, particularly in light of the increasing violence in drug trafficking and political conflict in Mexico.

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Radio Huayacocotla La Voz de los Campesinos 105.5 FM
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XHFCE 105.5 FM Radio Huayacocotla La Voz de los Campesinos was the first communitarian radio created in México in 1974, with the purpose of being a bridge of communication between communities and the spread of the traditions of the different indigenous groups of the region, promoting the rights of the indigenous villages and giving voice to the farmers. Its purpose is to give companionship to the villagers of three areas in the Republic of Mexico (south of Veracruz, North of Veracruz and Selva de Chiapas) in their self-expediting processes, communitarian education and promotion as well as in the improvement of their own organizations for the respect and valorization of the cultures, providing them with tools and promoting their own skills so they can be themselves the creators of their own project of social development.

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Miguel Laurent 340 Col. Del Valle C.P. 03100, México, D.F.

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Tel. +52 (55) 5559 6000

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Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Dana Ziyasheva (d.ziyasheva@unesco.org)

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Project contacts: 

Ilse Fajardo (E-mail: desarrollo@sjsocial.org)

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Radio Huayacocotla, Veracruz, México