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Citizens' Media against Armed ConflictDisrupting Violence in Colombia$
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Clemencia Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665839

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665839.001.0001

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Drugs, Violence, and the Media of the People in the Colombian Amazon

Drugs, Violence, and the Media of the People in the Colombian Amazon

(p.37) 1 Drugs, Violence, and the Media of the People in the Colombian Amazon
Citizens' Media against Armed Conflict

Clemencia Rodríguez

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on southern Colombia and the municipality of Belén de los Andaquíes. It traces the history of this region and documents how, since colonial times, extractive economies and consecutive waves of immigrants have encoded the region in the popular imagination as an empty frontier without an identity of its own. Since the mid-1970s, the region has seen the arrival of coca economies, drug traffickers, and left-wing guerrilla organizations. In this complex scene of warring factions, state neglect, drug economies, and stunning natural wonder, a community radio station and children’s audiovisual school create communication spaces that are able to counter the impact of armed violence on civilians.

Keywords:   southern Colombia, Belén de los Andaquíes, community radio station, children’s audiovisual school, armed violence

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