Peruvian prosecutor charges owner of award-winning radio station with broadcast piracy

A provincial prosecutor in Peru wants four years in prison for Aurora Burgos, the owner of the award-winning, low frequency radio station La Voz de Bagua, for “aggravated theft of the radio spectrum,” the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) reports via IFEX.

The station was shut down in 2009 for its alleged role in violence during indigenous group protests in the Amazon, but the following year President Alan García restored the station’s license.

The station’s director, Carlos Flores Borja, said the prosecutor failed to consider that the government gave the station its license back through a ministerial resolution. According to Crónica Viva, he called the actions a “new attack against freedom of expression.”

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.