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Mireya Manquepillán Huanquil

A member of the Mapuche indigenous community, like 4 per cent of Chileans, Mireya Manquepillán has been prosecuted for using an unauthorized frequency as the manager of Kimche Mapu, a community radio station covering the Los Rios region, 800 km south of Santiago. She testified to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in August 2013 that her case reflected the plight of indigenous communities in Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. The Chilean government immediately announced an indigenous broadcasting plan for 2014-16. But the promised creation of 30 new radio stations, 10 million pesos (15,000 euros) in funding and a pilot project with Kimche Mapu have yet to materialize. “It was just an announcement to make an impact, and nothing more,” Mireya said.