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2 Honduran Media Outlets Silenced

Posted on Sep 28, 2009
Radio Globo

Radio Globo, one of the organizations shut down by the interim government, was a constant critic of the coup.

As if the Honduran coup leaders couldn’t get any more nostalgic for the 1980s, they have shut down two domestic media organizations critical of the interim government, a move that shadows pretty much every Latin American coup in the past half-century. —JCL

The BBC:

Two Honduran media organisations that have been critical of the country’s interim government have been closed.

Troops raided Radio Globo and Cholusat Sur TV hours after authorities issued a state of emergency suspending key civil liberties for 45 days.

The measures followed a call by ousted president Manuel Zelaya for his supporters to stage a protest exactly three months since he was deposed.

Mr Zelaya is holed up in the Brazilian embassy in the capital Tegucigalpa.

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Virginia777's avatar

By Virginia777, October 2, 2009 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if FOX, GETV (aka NBC, MSNBC, CNBC) and others lost their license to lie?”


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By Samson, September 29, 2009 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

There is a big difference between media outlets owned by corporations and the wealthy who support making their owners rich while attacking the legitimate and democratically elected government of the country .... and media outlets that are supporting the people in a democratic struggle.

Right-wing nonsense tries to equate any media outlet as the same.  Even media outlets that support violent and repressive attacks on democracy.

Heck, in this country, the USA, we need to close some corporate media outlets who attack our liberties, our freedoms, our democracy and our government while promoting causes that make their owners rich.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if FOX, GETV (aka NBC, MSNBC, CNBC) and others lost their license to lie?

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By Samson, September 29, 2009 at 9:50 am Link to this comment

We need to change the language.

“Two Honduran media outlets were Obama’d today”

Ie, they were closed by violent and repressive military force.  And if they are really lucky, Obama or Hillary might murmur some soft words in opposition.  Of course, the media outlets will remain closed and those arrested will be tortured and imprisoned and Obama will do nothing to change this.

Ignore the paid employees of the right-wing think-tanks who rant on and on about Chavez.

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By rico, suave, September 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment


Your hypersensitivity is pretty idiotic.

By “you”, I meant the mainstream Truthdig community, which basically gives Chavez a pass on his un- and anti-democratic antics.

“I did not fully agree with the recent media closures in Venezuela,” yet you couldn’t bring yourself to voice your disagreement on Truthdig as easily as you did regarding the closures in Honduras. And how do you know the soldiers in Honduras aren’t acting, apart from the alleged attacks and beatings, “legally”?

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By Commune115, September 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

rfidler, your comment was pretty idiotic, I myself do not have the power or ability to influence Chavez’s policies, however Hillary does have the ability to influence world events. I did not fully agree with the recent media closures in Venezuela, although there is a difference. The radio networks who’s licenses were not renewed in Venezuela had violated media state laws which had been in place long before Chavez was president, they were owned by giant, corporate monopolies who take over large chunks of media in many countries. The stations were not turned into state-owned propaganda machines, instead they were opened for use to independent outlets.

In Honduras you have soldiers raiding media outlets, shutting them down, attacking other journalists covering the event, beating down protesters in poor neighborhoods at night and issuing death threats to resistance leaders.

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By rico, suave, September 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment


“Where’s Hillary demanding an end to this abuse of freedom of speech?”

Where were you when Chavez closed down newspapers and tv stations?

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By Commune115, September 28, 2009 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

Where’s Hillary demanding an end to this abuse of freedom of speech? I guess only Chavez and Ahmadinejad deserve to have stones thrown their way, but the coup plotters we support in Honduras have a free pass. Bet you Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow will have nothing to say on this during their programs today.

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By Virginia777, September 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

I’m just waiting for a fraction of coverage of this nightmare in Honduras from our sold-out Media,

that almost daily reports on the latest “infraction against Democracy” in Iran.

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By jc, September 28, 2009 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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The closing of the media outlets is only a part of what the coup regime has
declared. They have suspended all important civil liberties including freedom of
speech, freedom of movement, and freedom from arrest without warrant. The
pretense that this has not been a “military coup” has also been exposed, as the
decree suspending these rights makes it clear that the military is in charge of
enforcing this state of affairs -

“The Armed Forces will support, together or separately with the National Police,
when the situation requires, to execute the necessary plans to maintain the order
and security of the Republic.”

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By Folktruther, September 28, 2009 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

The coup could obvviously not have taken place without US approval, as all Latin America knows.  The US owns much of Honduras and has strong military ties with its power structure.  Nor could the coup import Colombian gunmen without Obama approval, since the US also has strong military ties with Colombia.  As the Honuduras coup becomes increasingly isolated, it is taking the usual methods that the US has taken in past coups. 

Obama has followed his usual pattern of duplicity, opposing the coup in rhetoric and supporting it in actions.  He apparently hoped to draw the coup out until the elections and solve the problem that way.

But the Honduran people reject it, as does Latin America.  So apparantly Obama has opted for violence while supporting in rhertoric Freedom&Democracy;.  Just as He is supporting Peace TalKs in Israel while Israel continues to promote ethnic cleansing.  Continuing Bushite policies while voicing Change You Can Beleive In.

This duplicity sooner or later must even be apparent to mainstream progs, unless they identify with it and support Bushite policies. Such Democracy as is left in the US will depend on how the progs split.

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