Peru: “RSF on Radio Orión”

Hispanidad reports just now on the case of Radio Orión in Pisco, Peru, shut down by judicial order last week.

The official news agency, Agencia Perú, has published the video above to YouTube. The narration dripping with sarcasm is not the tone you normally expect from balanced news reporting.

Then again, we live in an era of generalized Wolf-Blitzerism. But my initial instinct, on that basis alone, is that Garcia and Castillo are ratfinking this Yong fellow, who we learn has run for mayor of the town on a couple of occasions.

La ONG, Reporteros Sin Fronteras (RSF) denunció hoy el cierre por orden gubernamental de Radio Orión, que tuvo lugar el 13 de septiembre en Pisco después de que el Gobierno acusara a su propietario de tener una licencia no válida. La organización también condenó las presiones y amenazas sufridas por la emisora de radio Cutivalú en Piura por negarse a emitir un anuncio del Ministerio de Energía y Minas, con cuyo contenido no estaba de acuerdo la redacción.

Reporters Without Borders today denounced the government’s closure of Radio Orión on September 13 after the Government accused the owner of operating without a valid license. RSF also condemned the pressure and threats suffered by Radio Cutivalú in Piura when it refused to air an announcement from the Ministry of Energy and Mines with whose content the station did not agree.

I will reproduce the RSF press release (did they bother translating it into English, or should I do that?)

RSF’s massive gabbling on the RCTV case makes me want to get a corroborating view of the case from responsible adults before taking a position, I am sorry to say.

But these are certainly troubling cases, as described, in any event.

Reporteros sin Fronteras se rebela contra el cierre brutal de Radio Orión, que tuvo lugar el 13 de septiembre de 2007 en Pisco (Suroeste), después que a nivel gubernamental se acusara gravemente a su propietario. La organización condena también las presiones y amenazas sufridas, en la misma semana, por la emisora de radio Cutivalú en Piura (Noroeste), por negarse a emitir un spot del Ministerio de Energía y Minas, con cuyo contenido no estaba de acuerdo la redacción. En ambos casos, la justicia debe recordar a los poderes implicados el respeto debido al principio de la libertad de prensa.

RSF is revolted by the brutal closure of Radio Orión on Sept. 13, 2007 after the government leveled serious charges against its owner [and the pressure on Cutivalú, too.] In both cases, the courts should remind the government agencies involved of the respect due to freedom of the press.

The freedom to turn 7.9 into 8.4, as the government alleges?

And what was that that El Comercio reported about the earthquake only reaching 4.3 on the Richter scale in the area?

Numbers are not adding up here.

“El argumento de una licencia no válida, que ha servido para justificar el cierre de Radio Orión, es solo un subterfugio administrativo para encubrir un acto de censura. En efecto, y admitiendo que la licencia de difusión de la emisora hubiera expirado en 2003 ¿ por qué le han dejado emitir programas durante cuatro años? Si, como creemos, a Radio Orión se le ha sancionado por su línea editorial, este tipo de represalias contravienen gravemente la libertad de prensa. Esperamos que el recurso judicial, presentado por la emisora, encuentre rápidamente una solución favorable. Igualmente esperamos que las autoridades y Cutivalú, que tiene derecho a decidir la publicidad que emite, aunque sea oficial, lleguen a un acuerdo. Los medios de comunicación no están a las órdenes de nadie”, ha declarado Reporteros sin Fronteras.

“The pretext of an invalid license used to close the station down is merely a bureaucratic subterfuge used to cover up an act of censorship.

Garcia and Castillo certainly do have quite an appetite for putting the army on the streets and suspending the constitution, it seems to me.

In fact, even if we accept that the license expired in 2003, why did they let it continue to broadcast for four years. If, as we believe, Radio Orión is being punished for its editorial line, these types of government reprisals are grave violations of the freedom of the press. We hope that the judical appeal presented by the broadcaster will quickly reach a favorable resolution. We also hope that authorities and Cutivalú, which which a right to decide what advertising it runs, even if it is official advertising, can reach an accord. The news media are not obliged to follow anyone’s orders,” RSF says.

Well, then again, there was the case of the Rwandan radio station that reported 300,000 phony deahts in order to get its listeners to chop up their neighbors with machetes.

If that happened in Iowa while you were running things, what would you do? Protect the sacred principle that if the people prefer to be lied to, then that is their free choice?

That is what the Peruvian government seems to be claiming here.

I am dubious.

Still, RSF should address and rebut that claim if it is not true rather than standing on windy principle.

Would somebody please post the transcripts of the broadcasts in question on the issue of the magnitude of the quake?

7.9?

8.4?

6.9?

4.3?

El 13 de septiembre de 2007, en presencia de un magistrado, un centenar de policías irrumpieron en los locales de Radio Orión en Pisco, y se incautaron de todo el material necesario para la difusión, asegurando que la licencia del medio había expirado cuatro años antes. En realidad, a las autoridades locales y nacionales no les han gustado nada las críticas de Radio Orión sobre las ayudas e indemnizaciones a las víctimas del terremoto que destruyó casi el 80% de la ciudad de Pisco, el pasado 15 de agosto. El gobierno había acusado a Eloy Yong Meza, propietario de la emisora, de animar a los damnificados a rebelarse. Este último ha presentado una recurso judicial pero, según la ley, la radio permanecerá cerrada hasta que se resuelva el litigio.

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Cutivalú, una radio asociativa dirigida por unos jesuitas en Piura, se negó últimamente a emitir un mensaje del Ministerio de Energía y Minas, relativo a la explotación de nuevos yacimientos en la región. La redacción no estaba de acuerdo con algunas de las cosas que se decían en el spot respecto a una consulta popular, prevista para el 16 de septiembre. El director de Cutivalú, Rodolfo Aquino, que ha recibido amenazas por teléfono y por correo electrónico, ha solicitado protección. A pesar de sus ofertas de dialogar con el gobierno, éste ha hecho saber que se reserva el derecho a presentar una denuncia contra la emisora.

Cutivalú, a radio station run by members of the Jesuit order in Pirua, recently refused to broadcast message from the Ministry of Energy and Mines about the exploration of newly discovered resources in the area. The editors were not in agremeent with some of the things the spot said about a popular referendum scheduled for September 16. The director of the station, Rodolgo Aquino, who had received threats by telephone and e-mail, has asked for protection. Despite his offers of dialogue with the goverment, he has been advised that the government reserves the right to bring charges against the broadcaster.

Without addressing the factual situation here — somebody sure seems to be issuing inaccurate Richter scale readings; but who? — RSF gabbles uselessly.

An homage to the media owner in question, Yong Meza, also from YouTube:

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