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In June 2009 a coup d’etat over­threw Hon­duras’ demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly elect­ed pres­i­dent Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, human rights con­di­tions in that coun­try have dete­ri­o­rat­ed. Radio has become a vital orga­niz­ing tool for defend­ing the rights of indige­nous peo­ple and fight­ing envi­ron­men­tal destruc­tion, while pro­vid­ing need­ed infor­ma­tion and edu­ca­tion to peo­ple in rur­al areas.

In April of this year Mered­ith Bee­son and Ellen Knut­son trav­eled to Hon­duras with a del­e­ga­tion from the Wit­ness for Peace Sol­i­dar­i­ty Col­lec­tive. As part of their sol­i­dar­i­ty work with human rights groups and envi­ron­men­tal activists who are expe­ri­enc­ing polit­i­cal repres­sion, they also vis­it­ed com­mu­ni­ty radio sta­tions that are pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion life­lines. Mered­ith is a com­mu­ni­ty radio pro­duc­er at KRSM in South Min­neapo­lis, MN, who also worked with print and radio jour­nal­ists on an ear­li­er del­e­ga­tion. She and Ellen join the show to tell us about what’s hap­pen­ing in Hon­duras, and the impor­tant role of radio.

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