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Friday, March 24, 2017
Bolivia: Catholic radio and TV stations bombed
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 SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, has sent a message to express its solidarity with the communicators of Radio PIO XII in the city of Oruro, part of the ERBOL (Educational Radio of Bolivia) Network (1), and Channel 13 University Television station, both of which have suffered bomb attacks on their broadcasting transmitters. They say: 'We support them and all Bolivian communicators who have been subjected to threats and violence while covering the current social conflict. We encourage them to continue to build through their work a culture of peace, justice and respect for Human Rights We call upon the Bolivian authorities to guarantee the freedom and integrity of the communicators in ERBOL and of all journalists. 'We are extremely concerned by the loss of life and the injuries that have occurred during the confrontations of the past weeks. We demand respect for human life, a "gift that has its source in the Living God", as Mgr Jesús Juárez, Bishop of El Alto, and his priests, have said. It is imperative that the facts about these deaths are brought to light through the justice system. 'We call upon the Government and the leaders of all political, religious, union and civic institutions to engage in a humble and transparent dialogue to find as soon as possible an agreed solution to end the violence and the conflicts that can only bring more grief and suffering, especially to the poor of Bolivia." The letter was signed by: Fr Peter Malone' President of SIGNIS World; Pedro Sanchez, President of SIGNIS Latin America, and José Rivera, Member of the Board of SIGNIS Bolivia
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