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Hit with new penalty, silenced Amazon radio vows to return to air

A court has frozen the bank account of the station manager who is planning to return “The Voice” of Bagua (La Voz) to the air in early January, the CNR radio network reports.

Federal regulators cancelled the station’s license last June for being out of administrative compliance, and officials accused The Voice of inciting deadly riots in Bagua, Amazonas in northern Peru. But station representatives argued in November before the Inter American Court of Human Rights that The Voice’s closing was motivated by politics, not administrative reasons.

The Communications ministry recently blocked the savings account of station manager Carlos Flores Borja, who had received a loan from the National Journalists Association of Peru to buy two hours of daily space on another radio station. Flores says the blockage of the account will not keep the station from starting its daily news programs next week on Radio Ariana Mix 95.5 FM, CNR says.

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