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Thursday 15 September 2016, by SIGNIS

Guatemala, September 15th, 2016 (Cultural Survival). Last month, the Guatemala-based staff of the NGO Cultural Survival, accompanied a group of Belizean community radio trainees as they met with local Mayan community radio stations in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

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Trainees interview Chisec market goers.

As part of the community exchange, the Belizean trainees interviewed local vendors on production and sales at the market in Chisec and visited Radio Tzuul’ Taq’a, meeting other radio volunteers and community leaders. Most of the conversations and interviews took place in Q’eqchi’.

The trainees and their Guatemalan hosts held important conversations on community radio, Indigenous rights, ancestral authority, and regional strategies for broadcasting.

Cultural Survival continues to emphasize community media and the right to freedom of expression by promoting the broadcast of diverse Indigenous voices. CS believes vibrant and free community media promotes and protects the cultural heritage of Indigenous Peoples, especially oral traditions and Indigenous languages.

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