New Shocking Audio Documentary from Sonoro and FACTum Magazine: “HUMO: Murder and Silence in El Salvador”

[April 2, 2024] – Sonoro, in association with Factum Magazine, presents HUMO: Murder and Silence in El Salvador, an audio documentary series with versions in Spanish and English. The series is a journey that begins with the investigation of a serial femicide and takes audiences on an immersive journey that reveals the ripple effect of growing violence: a humanitarian crisis, criminal pacts and censorship.

HUMO: Murder and Silence in El Salvador is more than a podcast; It is a window into the reality of a crisis full of questions, where the disappearances of people and gang violence have left deep scars on society. Throughout eight episodes of 30 minutes each, this podcast delves into topics such as the epidemic of forced disappearances and the fight to find truth and justice; about the “invisible borders” controlled by gangs that territorially divide El Salvador and affect the daily lives of its inhabitants; about multiple governments that have been incapable of facing the crisis of disappearances; about practicing journalism in a country where journalists are in danger from criminal gangs and an authoritarian government that threatens press freedom.

Daniel Alvarenga, the English-version host and Salvadorian journalist, follows the story from his home in the United States – and discovers the story lands much closer to home than he ever imagined. It is a harrowing and essential journey for listeners – providing a first-hand account of the unexpected ties and reach of violence across Latin America and the United States.

Bryan Avelar, the Spanish-version host and investigative reporter says:

“In May 2021, I began an investigation to reveal the darkest secrets of a serial killer who had turned his home into a clandestine grave. Without expecting it, this became a true crime podcast, an investigation into missing persons, censorship, and a government that forced me and other of my colleagues to flee El Salvador. “

HUMO’s trailer will drop on April 2. The official premiere will be on April 9, 2024 on all listening platforms. It will be available in Spanish and English, sharing both versions in the same feed, allowing these events and the impact of these stories to transcend the borders of language. 

Join us on this auditory journey of truth and justice.

ABOUT Sonoro:
Sonoro represents the future of media. Creators, talent and investors seek out Sonoro for its quality content and insight that starts in audio and comes to life in television and film. Sonoro amplifies diverse and often overlooked voices in the entertainment industry that connect with a global consumer. It collaborates with leading and emerging Latin storytellers – writers, producers and directors – from around the world to develop and produce original franchises in English, Spanish and Spanglish.

Sonoro’s unique approach has led to numerous hits, including Toxicomanía: El Experimento Mexicano, which is being adapted as a film for Paramount+, the podcast Tejana, starring and produced by Stephanie Beatriz (winner of the 2022 Ambie for Best Fiction and currently on television development phase), the Crónicas Obscuras podcast (#1 horror franchise), Princess of South Beach (#1 show on iHeartRadio’s MyCultura network) and Ídolo: La Balada de Chalino (#1 in Mexico and Top 10 in USA.). Founded in 2020, Sonoro is backed by some of the most notable names in media, including investors Lerer Hippeau, Greycroft & Alan Patricof, and the Founder Collective.

FACTum is a Salvadoran digital magazine that is committed to practicing independent journalism with ethics, openness and responsibility. It is a medium made up of a group of journalists who are guided by curiosity, skepticism and acuity. This magazine believes that being faithful to its principles will positively impact a society in need of diverse voices and relevant information to make the best decisions.

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