La radio más antigua de Venezuela only se escucha por internet y “survive a fuerza de voluntad”

Nehomar Hernández is in the editorial room of the most ancient Venezuelan broadcaster, Radio Caracas Radio (RCR), with cases un siglo de historia. Está vacía, con computadoras apagadas y sin personal. “Lei En algún momento lei estuvo plenamente ocupada”, recuerda lei.

The emisora, from a line critical of the governments chavistas, is learned only through the internet and “relived by force of will”, says Hernández, who has been working for a decade as a locutor in the middle language.

Four people are said to be in the building of three floors: an audio operator, an editor, a vigilante, and Hernández.

“The brutal change that took place in the issue since 2019 hasta ahorita is very dramatic,” says meestra la soledad de las instalaciones.

“If you feel nostalgic”, continues this man, of 34 years, who explains that few times he plays on the radio: the mayor of the time graba from home on his program, who has thousands of views on YouTube.

“Algunos programs hold pauta publicitaria, others do not hold. El mío holds only two announcers. Es sencillamente una labor titánica ”, she signaled.

Nehomar Hernánder during his radial program Y Así Nos Va.  He otras veces he graba it from his house.

Nehomar Hernánder during his radial program Y Así Nos Va. He otras veces he graba it from his house.

In 2019, the Venezuelan telecommunications authority, Conatel, ordered the RCR the “immediate committee” of the operations by open signal, attaching the concession vencimiento. Indeed, it lasted 17 years for revenge and the station intended to renew it in this time, without success: they never gave up on the answer.

“The problem is that Conatel uses administrative silence as a mechanism of supervision and persecution (…) administrative silence is converted into a negative one”, explains in a report the NGO Espacio Público, specialized in topics of freedom of press.

The text adds that “the legal uncertainty is made in a censorship mechanism to arbitrarily limit the free dissemination of content on radio and television”.

The closure of the open signal operations of the RCR took place during the cover of a failed military uplift, on April 30, 2019, against the government of Nicolás Maduro in favor of the opposing leader Juan Guaidó.

Then, the emisora, which hid its first broadcast in Amplitud Modulada on December 11, 1930, was forcibly migrated to the internet and consequently reduced its nomination and cantidad de programs.

Logo of the Venezuelan emisora ​​Radio Caracas Radio.

Logo of the Venezuelan emisora ​​Radio Caracas Radio.

“Los dueños de medios van e tratan de renovar sus concesiones y Conatel do not respond to these renovaciones, until these documents duermen en una messita y prácticamente are used to chantajear a esos dueños de medios”, Hernández added.

100 emisoras cerradas en lo que va de 2022

El cierre de esta radio no es aislado. Another 26 emisoras cerraron in this year 2019.

“In the majority of cases, the procedures were hijacked in an irregular form, without prior notice and without judicial orders or explanations by the government officials”, joins Public Administration.

For 2022 the figure is in cases cuatro veces mayor.

Until November 3rd they are “100 las que se han apagado en 16 estados en 2022”, according to the Syndicate of Trabajadores de la Press (SNTP). “We demand that the persecution against the radios cease, they are the medium of communication with the most penetration. Pedimos procesos justos”.

“Las cerraron los propios dueños”, replied Diosdado Cabello, powerful Chavista executive and ex-director of Conatel, in a press trip for these days.

“The radio concessions have a fundamental characteristic, that they are personal, that they are not inherited and cannot be sold without the authorization of the regulatory body, because the frequency belongs to the state”, continued Cabello, who identified the body in the period 2009- 2010.

“It is an error to think that the freedom of expression belongs to the dueños de medios de comunicación; no, it belongs to las y los ciudadanos,” he added.

Santiago Romero, professor specializing in public opinion and political communication at the Simón Bolívar University, foresees that the attacks against the exercise of freedom of press, the periodicals and the dueños of the media of communication will “increase”, due to 2024, when presidential elections are foreseen.

“Al final del día el chavismo quiere limpiar su imagen”, come a menos tras la última reelección de Maduro en 2018, widely requested by the international community for considering it fraudulent.

“And to clean up their image”, continued the expert, “they need to impose their narrative (…) but since there are disident voices within the country that can contradict it”.

Hernández cierra su programma, esta vez en el estudio. “We will meet again this morning in a new day of play for free opinion and transparent information,” he says over the microphone. He quita los audífonos y termina.

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