Chavez, Telesur depends on no government, 51 percent controlled by VenezuelaThis guy lies through his teeth and expects the world to take his word at face value? When the government owns 51% of the network, how are we expected to believe that the network will report fairly and without bias on crimes committed by the Chavez regime? Of course it depends on governments. I am not sure what sort of unity Chavez speaks of, but if its the same sort of unity that stifles protests, and fosters violence against any who might disagree with his point of view, beware!
This is not unity, it is Stalinist control. Chavez is perhaps a bit more sophisticated than his communist predecessors in that he is being smart by using the media. Let's hope and pray our South American people are smarter than that, and that they ultimately choose freedom, democracy, and security that comes from hard work and individual responsibility.
Caracas - Telesur, the 24-hour television network created by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to counter the "hegemony" of international networks like CNN, hit the airwaves for the first time on Sunday.One can already see how they are encouraging instability and civil war for the sake of their own ideologies. This station is going to help distabilize the entire region!
The network started broadcasting at 12:00 pm local time (16:00 GMT), kicking off with a ceremony led by Chavez in Caracas and then debuting coverage with a Cuban correspondent in Havana.
"Telesur depends on no government, no line, it is free to pave the way toward integration," said Chavez, who sees the network as a means to foster regional unity in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Cuban President Fidel Castro was glued to his TV for the start of Telesur programming, Chavez said.
Cuba's National Information Agency announced meanwhile that the Cuban bureau was up and running, with a signal launched from Simon Bolivar Plaza in the historic centre of Havana.
The network has also been criticized in neighbouring Colombia for having included in its promotions, broadcast during a testing period, images of the Colombian anti-government guerilla leader Manuel Marulanda.Sure!! It's just history. How about a historical account of the crimes against humanity, and the countless lives lost at the hands of Marulanda? That would be historical, but somehow, I doubt that show will ever air.
Chavez and Izarra have both rejected the criticism, saying Marulanda's image was only included among images of other people and events important in Latin American history.