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Last Monday, November 28th, filmmaker Elena Varela filed a lawsuit against the Chilean government for damages due to “political persecution” and “persecution in the media” that occurred while she worked on a documentary about the Mapuche conflict in southern Chile. Specifically, Varela was arrested in 2008 while filming her documentary on the Mapuche struggle and she spent two years in prison before being acquitted of any wrongdoing. During that time Varela says her image was tarnished and 80% of the material she had filmed was taken by the State and never returned. She is suing for more than US$ 1.9 million in damages. Continue reading
On Monday, November 21st, Instituto de la Communicación e Imagen (ICEI) released a 100-page report that used numerical data to examine how the Chilean media covers Indigenous peoples and their struggles. The data revealed, among other things, that Indigenous issues tend to be underreported and that Indigenous voices are underrepresented in the media. The report is the subject of our latest column for I Love Chile News, and you can read it here.
On Thursday, August 18th, the police raided sixteen Mapuche homes in search of weapons. The raids and their aftermath ended in at least three people being shot — two Mapuche individuals and a police officer. According to Radio Bio-Bio, a Chilean news source that covers many Indigenous issues, the police initially would not allow their vehicle to pass in order to view and report on the incidents as they occurred. Two other media outlets — the state-owned TVN television station, and the conservative newspaper, El Mercurio – were allowed to pass. Continue reading