Telesur to broadcast free-to-air in Nicaragua
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
Telesur will begin free-to-air broadcasting in Nicaragua by the end of the year, Sergio Rodriguez, Telesur international affairs consultant announced yesterday. Rodriguez said they are presently analyzing whether Nicaraguan Channel 4 will carry Telesur broadcasts, but did not rule out rescuing Channel 6, a state TV channel abandoned by previous governments.
When the decision is made, probably by next month, they will work on selection and training of local staff and installation of equipment, Rodriguez said. Telesur is occasionally broadcast through cable satellite signal in Nicaragua.
Telesur, a joint network project of Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and recently, Bolivia, was created to boost the process of integration of communication among the Latin American countries and providing truthful information of the Latin American region to the rest of the world. Nicaragua is a minority shareholder of Telesur since March 11, when Presidents Daniel Ortega and Hugo Chavez signed the corresponding document.
(Source: Prensa Latina)
EU cites media freedom as Poles probe Teletubbies
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
The European Commission reaffirmed its attachment to media freedom today when asked about a Polish plan to investigate the Teletubbies children’s television show for allegedly promoting homosexuality. The move by children’s rights watchdog Ewa Sowinska appeared to be the latest step in the conservative Warsaw government’s drive to curb what it sees as homosexual propaganda, although the pro-government parliamentary speaker warned her against turning her department into “a laughing stock”.
Sowinska said in remarks published yesterday she would ask psychologists to advise whether Tinky Winky and other characters in the globally screened BBC show promoted homosexuality. Asked what the European Union executive thought about the move, the spokesman for information society and audiovisual affairs told a regular briefing: “The Commission believes in the freedom of the media.”
Poland, which joined the European Union in 2004, has drawn criticism in the EU and from human rights groups for perceived moves to discriminate against homosexuals. Education Minister Roman Giertych has proposed laws sacking teachers who promote a “homosexual lifestyle” and banning “homo-agitation” in schools.
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