Underground Voices

Insurgent Propaganda in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Peru

by Christina Meyer

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This Note examines some of the ways in which guerrilla groups in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Peru influence their supporters and potential supporters with propaganda. Depending upon the information available about each group's propaganda operations, the study discusses the guerrillas' technical capabilities and attempts to analyze their choice of media, the content of their propaganda, and the ways in which they tailor this propaganda to appeal to specific audiences. By examining these guerrillas' efforts to control their constituencies through propaganda, the study attempts to illuminate some of the media options the groups have devised for themselves, their attitudes toward and relationship with their supporters, and the concerns they believe are most important to clarify and disseminate. The study draws primarily on translations of clandestine radio broadcasts published in the Federal Broadcast Information Service's "Daily Reports."

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