Argentina pulls plug on TV network Telesur
Mar 29, 2016 04:34 AM EDT
The Spanish-language TV network, Telesur, which was started by the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is now being pulled out by the Argentinian government. The latter accused the TV network of blacklisting alternative viewpoints.
In 2015, with funding's from six regional governments connected to Venezuela, the TV network Telesur was launched. The administration of Mauricio Macri of Argentina, however, has announced that it is pulling its 20% share in the venture. According to Hermann Lombardi, the Argentinian Minister of Communication, the country is leaving because they were not included in the financial and editorial decisions of the network as per The Guardian.
Lombardi said in an interview that Argentina was prohibited from sharing its view. He added that the TV network was an interesting South American television project but it lacks pluralism on their part. As reported by the New York Times, the relationship of Argentina has gone sour since Macri's center-right government took office in December 2015.
According to the Miami Herald, the misunderstanding started when the Macri administration destroyed some of the socialist policies of former President Cristina Fernandez. Lombardi said the Fernandez administration had lost its local flavor in public media.
Telesur, on the other hand, said in a statement that Macri created ways in order to undermine the diversity of the media that is required by the law which includes smaller and alternative outlets. The network aims to reshape the people's view of Latin America with the help of a number of correspondents around the region.
The people of Latin America has viewed the network as an alternative to large TV networks like CNN and is considered as one of the networks that provide in-depth coverage on issues that are seldom told on mainstream media.
The network has unveiled its English-language website in 2014, hiring 100 English-speaking journalist and producers. The network's prime investor, Argentina, is facing a great economic downfall and has been in debt crisis from foreign investors.