Monday, July 11, 2005

Argentina: First Indigenous Community Radio licenced

Marcela Valente for Inter Press Sevice reports that the Argentine government has given the first operating licence ever granted to an indigenous community radio station.

The FM radio station, which has been operating without a licence for six years and has yet to be given a name, is run by the Mapuche Indian community of Linares, made up of around 700 members and located in the municipality of Aucapán, in the southern province of Neuquén. The government plans to grant another eight licences to indigenous communities in the coming months.