Interview to Norma Sancir (In Spanish)
"I am Norm Lila, indigenous Mayan Kaqchikel woman and social communicator. I live in Camotán, Chiquimula. I have dedicated my life to communication with emphasis on indigenous peoples and linguistic communities in the country."
I am a community journalist. Alternative communication is my job, and it is my way of fighting
Norma Sancir is a journalist, social communicator and human rights defender of the Ch’orti ’people in Chiquimula, Guatemala. She works as a communicator in the Central Campesina Chortí Nuevo Día (Nuevo Día Ch’orti’ Indigenous Association, CCCND), and is also a correspondent of Prensa Comunitaria. The Central Campesina Chortí Nuevo Día works alongside indigenous Ch’orti’ communities in the region of Chiquimula, Guatemala. They provide legal support and visibility to the communities of Jocotán, Olopa and Camotán, who face threats and violations to land, environmental, and cultural rights, following to the implementation of hydroelectric and mining projects in their territories. Prensa Comunitaria is an independent news agency focused on community and indigenous journalism, art and feminisms. In 2014 Norma Sancir was arbitrary detained while covering the police actions during a demonstration. In recent years, members of Central Campesina Ch’ortí Nuevo Día have faced attacks, death threats and harrassment.