Death Threats at Radio Victoria Continue: PLEASE Show Your Solidarity

May 25, 2011

“Since the early 1990s, Radio Victoria has provided a voice for the residents of the northern hills of El Salvador. Founded in the aftermath of the nation’s bloody civil war, today Radio Victoria transmits daily local and international news and other programs to communities so poor they often lack telephone and mail services.

The journalists who run the station are mostly 16 to 24 year-olds who grew up in Honduran refugee camps and returned to the area with their families as the civil war raged around them. And now, someone wants them dead!

Threats left as voice message to members of the Radio Victoria continue:

Message left for Oscar: “extermination > look oscar we aren’t kidding shut up this radio or you also die you dog”
Message left for Pablo: “extermination > look pablo we are watching you better than your police we are close to you where you go the cameras in the radio will not save anyone get out or what”

Message left for Cristy:”exrerminio > griga (exterminio > gringa???) today yes we have to act with the people in your radio now it is too much manuel pablo oscar and maricela are to be assassinated you should leave… “

PLEASE support the radio by sending your messages of support—emails in Spanish and especially voice recordings they can play on the radio.  The authorities and people responsible need to continue to hear that the international community is paying attention and in solidarity with the Radio.  As Cristina Starr at the Radio says: “We are only little people and we keep getting these nasty things and it scares us and upsets us and wears us down psychologically, so all forms of support are helpful, we are together here, we are in touch with each other, supporting each other and we feel all your support surrounding us too.”

You can also sign the change.org petition: Investigate Death Threats against El Salvador Journalists.


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4 Comments so far

Dear Friends at Radio Victoria,
Your friends at the Washington Ethical Society support you as you face this struggle. We are holding you in our hearts and our delegation looks forward to seeing you in July.
With love and wishes for your safety,
Peggy Goetz

Comment by Peggy Goetz 06.07.11

Buenas Tardes Estimados Periodistas de Radio Victoria. Espero que este mensaje los encuentre bien. Me apena y enoja la injusticia que pasan. Ustedes se dedican a una buen labor social. Sigan su importante trabajo de informar a su comunidad sobre lo que ocurre en El Salvador y en el mundo. Sientanse apoyados. No se dobleguen a la injusticia. Que el bien este siempre con ustedes. PAZ!!

Comment by Stephanie 07.04.11

No podemos jamás descansar de la lucha para la libertad. Lo que hacen ustedes no es solamente cierto, sino que es también fundamental para el futuro de El Salvador y para el mundo, pues su ejemplo puede inspirar otros jóvenes en otros países para luchar, hablar, compartir, y sobretodo, tener esperanza que mañana pueda ser mejor que hoy…

Comment by Natasha 08.16.11

[…] Cabanas, I was interviewed on a community radio show – a youth-run radio where employees showed me chilling and untraceable text messages warning them […]

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