Sunday, January 15, 2012

Support the free Asturian radios

This a call from the Spanish Indignados in Amsterdam, asking for support and solidarity to the Community radios in Asturias. Those who wish to help and support the action, could send the following communiqué to the address below:
Jefatura Provincial de Telecomunicaciones.
C/ Campomanes, 14
33008 OVIEDO
Teléfono: +34 985 21 12 90 Fax: +34 985 20 92 53

From the organization_____________________________________________________
we want to show our most dynamic protest to the action of the Jefatura
Provincial de Telecomunicaciones of Asturias about the community radios.

This department (under the authority of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism
and Commerce) has started to send letters to the residents of the flats
where there is located the necessary equipment to broadcast of some
community radios of the region.
In those letters, the authorities required the neighbours to tell them who
is the owner of the equipment and they are threatened with possible fines
of up to 500.000 euros. We consider that the aim of this action is to put
pressure on the neighbours and to scare them for giving their
consent to the installation of the free radios equipment.
This situation is in consistent with declarations of the Jefatura Provincial
to some of the affected free radios, in which it plans to shut down these
social media that have been  broadcasting for many years without the
possibility to obtain a license.
We understand that those letters to the neighbours are harassment and
criminalizing actions towards free and communitary Asturian radios by an
illegal situation that is responsibility of the autonomous and state
governments. Asturias has an important tradition in social media since the
beginning of 80’s. Despite of the essential work developed by these
citizen communication projects in the fields of promoting the Asturian
culture, the citizen participation, the pluralism and the exercise of the
freedom of expression; the different governments have evaded the legal
recognition of these broadcasters, condemning them to an uncertainty and
defenselessness situation.
Instead of threatening the free and community radios, it is necessary that
the government puts into practice the article 4.1 of the Law 7/2010, of
31th March, General of the Audiovisual Communication, that indicates: “All
the people have the right to receive the audiovisual communication
through plural media, as much public, as commercial, as communitary, that
reflects ideological, political and cultural pluralism of the society”.
By all these WE DECLARE:
-Our support and solidarity to the free and communitary Asturian radios.
-We demand the immediate cessation of pressure and harassment towards free
and communitary Asturian radios.
-The recognition of the work developed by these broadcasters and the
planning of licences as an obligation performance of the article 32.2 of
Law 7/2010

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