CRLN's Luncheon Speaker's radio station, Snuq’ Jolom Konob, Reopened!
CRLN, with our partner the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission, is elated to announce that the community radio station, Snuq’ Jolom Konob’, was reopened on April 29th, 2016! Our 2015 Luncheon speaker, Q’anjob’al indigenous leader Lorenzo Mateo Francisco, is the director of the station. Snuq’ Jolom Konob’ is part of Prensa Comunitaria, a network of radio and internet media that report on indigenous issues and that help preserve culture, language and defend community rights. The radio station has publicized Indigenous resistance to planned hydroelectric projects in the area as well as the corruption of local authorities. In retaliation, it had been closed since January 2015. CRLN wishes success to Lorenzo and his radio station as they continue to defend freedom of speech and indigenous rights.
CRLN Board member Martha Pierce’s January delegation delivered the signatures collected on the petition to the U.S. Embasssy at the CRLN Annual Luncheon. The petition urged the Embassy to use their influence to advocate with the Guatemalan government to pass a law granting bandwidth to community radio stations, as outlined in the 1996 Peace Accords.