Montreal, March 7, 2014. Mexico. The persistent struggle between free speech and authoritarian control of the press has reached a fine line in Mexico. Reporter for La Cabina, Alma Delia Olivares was detained on Friday February 28th 2014. Prosecution charges remain unknown and sources close to the family state that communication has halted since Saturday March 1st 2014. Thus far, all that is known is Alma has been transferred to a prison in Nayarit and a court date has not yet been determined.
More than 120 community radio activists from 14 Arab countries gathered at the lowest spot on Earth to talk about the challenges of producing, broadcasting and sustaining community owned media, especially radio. A declaration, the Dead Sea Declaration issued by the partcipants called for an "enabling legal and administrative environment that supports and sustains the work of these radio stations in local communities."
Montreal, February 26th 2014. Haiti. President of the Foncodi cooperative and of radio Vwa Kominote Ilavach (Voix de la communauté de l’Île-à-Vache - VKI), Jean Lamy Matulnès Junior has been imprisoned since February 24th at the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince. AMARC International protests against this detention which occurred after a questionable process and calls for his immediate release.