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Community journalist in Mexico released on bail after five days in jail

AMARC-International has learnt of the release of Alma Delia Olivares, a reporter of the community radio station La Cabina on 4 March after five days of detention. Alma Olivares is, however, still being prosecuted for "misuse use of a public resource", after being accused of "audio pollution", a charge that does not exist in Mexican legislation. She was not notified of these charges when she was first arrested.

AMARC-International, alongside AMARC-Mexico, asks for the suspension of the judicial proceedings against Alma Olivares. This process looks like an example of excessive judicial zeal, as La Cabina representatives already paid a 25,000 Mexican peso (around 2,000 US dollars) fee for illegal broadcasting before the recent closure of the radio station. As Mexican community radios are still facing many obstacles to broadcast legally, their representatives are often targets of abusive penal process in an effort to silence them.

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