Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, 20, and Bautista,
24, producers for a community radio station in the southern
journalists were returning from a workshop and promotional event for their
station, Radio Copala, or “La Voz que Rompe el Silencio” (The Voice that Breaks
the Silence). The station, launched in January 2008 and based in the rural town
arrests or developments were reported as of June 2010, according to news
The area surrounding San Juan Copala, part of Oaxaca’s impoverished Mixteca region, has been known for long-running political and land disputes, often linked to power brokers from Oaxaca state’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party. Pro-state government paramilitary groups have been present in the area. In January 2007, tensions escalated when a Triqui movement declared its intention to make San Juan Copala an autonomous municipality.