The Listening Post travels to Peru to speak to journalists broadcasting a new programme called Nuqanchik, which means “us” in Quechua, one of the region’s oldest languages.
With about eight million speakers across the South American continent, and 13 percent of the Peruvian population itself fluent in the language, Quechua is the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas. And its appearance on Peru’s public broadcaster, Canal Peru, is being seen as a significant moment in the country’s media history.
|Our language wasn’t recognised by the world of finance, so it was hardly featured on television or radio. We’ve broken that and proved that news can be produced in our language.
Marisol Mesa, TV presenter, Nuqanchik
While Quechua is an official language in Peru, it is saddled with baggage as a result of the country’s colonial legacy.
Quechua speakers are often from marginalised communities living in poverty, with little access to education and to the national economy.
The Listening Post’s Marcela Pizarro travelled to Lima and spoke to the journalists…