American News Ticker Goes Dark in Havana
Posted on Jul 27, 2009
After vexing Cuban officials (and citizens, no doubt) for three years, a U.S. government-sponsored electronic billboard that featured news and information blips tailored for a Cuban audience from an American-friendly angle has been switched off in the interest of changing the diplomatic tone between the two countries.
It prompted what came to be known as “the battle of the billboards”.
Cuba’s then-leader Fidel Castro accused the US mission of becoming the “headquarters of the counter-revolution”.
He also ordered a million people to march around the mission in protest.
The ticked was turned off in June, but correspondents say that because of the obstructions erected by Cuban authorities, no-one seems to have noticed.
Lights out: The scrolling billboard/news ticker in the U.S. Interest Section in Havana has been turned off since June.