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.