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Radio Aukan: Defending Community Radio in Chile

Radio Aukan: Defending Community Radio in Chile


Chile’s broadcasting laws criminalise broadcasting without a licence.

Radio Aukan is a community radio station in Chile which reports on indigenous rights, the environment and other topics. It has been unable to get a broadcasting licence for six years. Radio Aukan’s equipment has been seized and a member of staff faces up to three years in prison. Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) has been working with Defensoría Popular to challenge the constitutionality of these charges.

In this short film Javier García and Gustavo Alfonsi, lawyers from Defensoría Popular, and Francisco Orellana from Radio Aukan talk about their legal challenge and the implications for freedom of expression.

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