Chavistas Cry Wolf over Argentina’s Split with Leftist Outlet Telesur

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The regional television channel is known for its leftist bias and propaganda. (Correo del Orinoco)

Espa√ĪolArgentina announced that it will be ending¬†its relationship with left-leaning television station¬†Telesur, causing cries of support as well as outrage on social media and from officials in Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Uruguay, where the station also broadcasts.

Argentinean Minister of Media and Public Content Hern√°n Lombardi and Public Communication Secretary Jorge Grecco informed the Buenos Aires-based newspaper La Naci√≥n¬†about the split, noting that Argentina¬†had spoken with Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra of its¬†decision to “terminate¬†the Argentinean state participation in Telesur.”

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Though Argentina owns 16 percent of Telesur’s¬†shares, Lombardi told La Naci√≥n¬†that Argentina “had no interference in the network‚Äôs content or its management. This decision adheres¬†with what we intend to do about the public media in terms of pluralism and austerity.”

A government spokesperson met with Telesur‚Äôs Venezuelan Branch President Patricia Villegas to notify her of what would be the end of Argentina‚Äôs stake¬†in the television network’s programming,¬†La Naci√≥n¬†reported.

“Chavista” media outlets in Venezuela, such as¬†Laiguana.tv, criticized the decision, calling La Naci√≥n a “far-right newspaper” and claimed¬†financial reasons for the split were just “an excuse” for censorship.

On social media,¬†“Chavista” users¬†condemned President Macri, demanding the freedom of Leopoldo Lopez ‚ÄĒ who was imprisoned during a protest in 2014 ‚ÄĒ and for the restoration of freedom of speech in Venezuela.

Social media also responded with a mixed reaction to¬†Argentina’s decision.

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