Protest Against Inky Coverage of Honduras

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Alyssa Figueroa, a PW intern and volunteer at Prometheus Radio Project, brings us this video and report of a Wednesday night march protesting the Inquirer's coverage of the Honduras coup.

Wednesday night nearly 100 people marched to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s office demanding the paper publish more factual pieces about the coup in Honduras. The marchers believed that the Inquirer’s coverage of the coup has been dishonest and irresponsible, especially citing former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum’s op-ed, which they thought to be not based in facts.

Participants marched from the Central Library to the Inquirer’s office after attending an event at the library on community media and Latin America.

Adrienne Pine, an anthropologist and assistant professor at American University, was one of the event’s speakers. She spoke about how media coverage doesn't supply its audience with the truth, and yet citizens continue to rise up and fight for accuracy. Pine, who has lived in Honduras for several years and has written a book and essays on the country, also mentioned that she had written an opt-ed for the Inquirer and it was rejected without a reason.

The Prometheus Radio Project, a Philly-based non-profit organization that advocates for low-power FM community radio stations in order to bring more access to the radio airwaves, organized the event along with Upsidedownworld, an online independent news source covering politics and activism in Latin America and Juntos, a Latino immigrant organization fighting for justice in Philadelphia and members' home countries.

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1. Joe Piette said... on Jul 30, 2009 at 04:17PM

“One month after the military coup d'etat in Honduras and in the wake of widespread reports of human rights violations, the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) is bringing a delegation of representatives from that country to the U.S. to participate in a speaking tour.

DIRECT FROM HONDURAS: VOICES OF RESISTANCE TO THE COUP D’ETAT

7pm, Friday July 31, Calvary Church (48th & Baltimore Av)

HEAR:

Dr. Juan Almendares - internationally known Honduran medical doctor, human rights activist, environmental leader and alternative medicine practitioner; recipient of the 2001 Barbara Chester Award for his ground breaking efforts with prisoners, victims of torture, the poor, and indigenous populations; torture survivor himself, has been targeted by death squads on several occasions.

Abencio Fernandez Pineda - coordinator of the non-governmental Center for the Investigation and Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CIPRODEH) and three more Honduran speakers”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jul 31, 2009 at 01:30PM

“This type coverage really needs to end. Mainstream news outlets have really dropped the ball on this one. Its great to actually see people stand up to it finally.

Now we just need to speak to our government so they will stop their silence to this human right atrocity.

Thanks PW for this. Keep this type of reporting coming!!!”

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3. Steven Intro said... on Aug 10, 2009 at 05:42PM

“Excellent, fair, and well put together.
Nice Work.

Interns are pulling through for you PW.”

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