Radio Victoria is a local FM community radio station that transmits from the town of Victoria in the northern hills of El Salvador. The station is run primarily by youth who live in the nearby communities. Radio Victoria was started in 1993 to provide residents in this poor, rural area with their own means of communication. Many of the communities in the area are isolated and have no access to telephone services, mail or newspaper delivery.
Oscar Beltran is the station's co-ordinator and vice president of ARPAS, the Association of Radio and Participative Programs of El Salvador. He spoke with the Labour Show team about Marcello Rivera, a community environmental leader who disappeared in June 2009 and was later found murdered. Rivera was an outspoken critic of Pacific Rim, a Canadian mining concern active in the area.
This interview is in Spanish with English translation by Valentina Naranjo.
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