Local radio forcibly shut down, another hounded by the government

first_img Organisation News PeruAmericas News Reporters Without Borders condemns the closure of Radio Orión in Pisco for bogus administrative reasons, suspecting an act of censorship, and hopes that an appeal lodged by the station will quickly be decided in its favour. Help by sharing this information Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Receive email alerts News RSF_en April 1, 2020 Find out more News to go further Follow the news on Peru February 10, 2017 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today protested at the brutal closure of Radio Orión in Pisco, southwestern Peru, using a bogus administrative reason to mask an act of censorship after the government made serious accusations against its proprietor.It also condemned pressure and threats made the same week against the community radio Cutivalú in Piura, in the northwest of the country, for refusing to broadcast an advertisement for the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the content of which was contested by editorial staff.In both these cases, the justice system should remind the authorities involved of the need to respect freedom of the press, the organisation said.Some 100 police officers, accompanied by a magistrate, raided the premises of Radio Orión on 13 September 2007 and seized its entire broadcast equipment, claiming that the radio’s licence had expired four years ago.In fact, the local and national authorities were angry at criticism aired by Radio Orión about aid and compensation to victims of an earthquake which destroyed almost 80% of the city of Pisco on 15 August. The governor had accused the station’s owner Eloy Yong Meza, of having incited the earthquake survivors to revolt. He has appealed against the closure to the courts, but under the law it will remain closed until the case is settled.“The argument that the licence was not valid, which was used to justify the closure of Radio Orión is just an administrative subterfuge to mask an act of censorship,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Assuming the station’s licence had expired in 2003, why was it allowed to broadcast for four years? If, as we believe, Radio Orión was sanctioned because of its editorial line, such reprisals are a serious violation of press freedom. We hope that the appeal lodged by the station will rapidly be decided in its favour.”“We also hope that agreement will be reached between the authorities and radio Cutivalú, which has a right to supervise advertising it broadcasts, even if it is official. The media is not there to be given orders”, said Reporters Without Borders. The Jesuit-run and founded radio in Piura, Cutivalú, recently refused to broadcast a message from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, in relation to exploitation of new deposits in the region. The radio disagreed with statements in the advertising in relation to a public consultation exercise, planned for 16 September. The editor of Cutivalú, Rodolfo Aquino, who has been bombarded by telephone and email threats, has asked for protection. Despite his offers of dialogue, the government has made it known it reserves the right to take legal proceedings against the station. Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites PeruAmericas September 17, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local radio forcibly shut down, another hounded by the government December 4, 2019 Find out more China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reportinglast_img read more

Solar bids hit new record low in India

first_imgSolar bids hit new record low in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Two of India’s leading solar power developers have managed to win possibly the largest capacities ever awarded in a single tender in the country.Acme Solar and Azure Power managed to secure the rights to develop 600 megawatts of capacity each in the largest solar power tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India to date. The tender is jointly the largest tender issued in the country ever. Tenders with 2 gigawatts of capacity each were issued by the states of Jharkhand and Telangana.The tender was issued in January this year and attracted bids worth 2.95 gigawatts in the final round of auction from eight developers. Acme Solar and Azure Power each placed successful bids to develop 600 megawatts of capacity. While Acme Solar placed the lowest-bid of Rs 2.44/kWh (3.55¢/kWh), Azure Power secured the capacity at Rs 2.53/kWh (3.69¢/kWh).The bid of Rs 2.44/kWh (3.55¢/kWh) is jointly the lowest-ever in Indian solar power markets.Other successful bidders include Shapoorji Pallonji (250 megawatts), Hero Future Energies (250 megawatts), and Mahindra Susten (250 megawatts). Adani Green Energy also placed a bid for 500 megawatts, but managed to secure only 50 megawatts due to over-subscription of the tender.The reasons for such low tariff bids are multi-fold. One, the developers are free to set up projects wherever they want, and the capacity on offer is very large. Second, the power purchase agreements will be signed with SECI—a government-owned company—which represents very low risk. Third, no charges for transmission of solar power across different states.More: India’s largest solar tender yields lowest tariff everlast_img read more