Good morning! We welcome Rdio Fe y Alegría Venezuela! You are listening to the radio national signal of news. 13 young peasants have dissapeared in Barvolento, in Miranda State, and were found dead during a military operation. These young boys didn’t have any criminal record and according to their families have told, they were taken away without judicial writ. This radio network reported this fact that leads to debate the citizen security, the military rol and the human rights.
After 40 years of educative experience in the country, the radio network risks it all due to educate on the Human Rights by the media’s treatment of the Barvolento case.
Patricia is a social activist who sent a message during the programme to say “Fe y Alegría is a champion radio of the Human Rights, with a social engagement, which is dedicated to train the citizenship. Today I’ve learnt how to make a claim, I knew more about laws, and now I know how to elaborate a writ of amparo and demand our rights”.
Antonia Cáceres, of 31 years old, lives in Catia, the west of Caracas. She listens to the radio every day and says “what I like the most of the radio network is the alteration of the political present, they talk about the rapes in Barvolento with no fear. I learnt the difference between a crime and the violation of a human right”.
Jairo Gil phoned on air to point out “the network reports well, but I wondered if the radio defends the human rights of criminals. Why do they judge the military officers who arrested the thieves of cars and the extortionist of Barvolento? Why do you defend these young boys and you didn’t talk about the victims of theft?”
The journalist answered to him also on air “laws of Venezuela guarantee the right to life, there’s no death penalty, and people suspected of being a criminal have the right of a trial, the Barvolento case has to be investigated and the authorities confirmed that the young boys didn’t have a criminal record so some military officers has been arrested”.
Today, Fe y Alegría Network runs 26 radio stations in Venezuela whose programmes are dedicated to talk about health problems, familiar plans, ecology, education, indigenous world, adolescence, human rights, gender, nutrition, democracy and solidary economics pedagogically. This group of radio stations is following this case and profit this opportunity to create citizen training.
Many of intern documents and the manual of this Network policy, point out that journalists have to look at theirselves as citizenship educators in a learning process while they cover a story. “This is not simply a lesson class. The communicator learns how to hear and the listener how to talk. Everybody learns.”
Gerardo Lombardi, national director of the IRFA during what is happening in Barvolento and numerous cases of extreme use of force by the police and military authorities, makes a reflection “We take action from the observation, the investigation, and the outrage with an ethic action to cover these stories. We work in our radios democratizing the word with every voice, trying to become “the third ranked news of the country” in order to remove the rude and stupid polarization of Venezuela and to contribute in the construction of a more fair, fraternal and democratic society in this way.