Thursday, May 24, 2007

Honduran president orders radio, TV to air government propaganda

President Manuel Zelaya has ordered ten private radio and TV stations in Honduras to broadcast government propaganda to counteract what he called unfair coverage of his administration. Zelaya said that ten stations will be required to simultaneously air conversations and interviews with government officials two hours a day, for ten days in a row.
Under Honduran law, the government may order broadcasters to transmit messages that are deemed to be of importance to the country. There was no immediate response from the broadcasters. Addressing a news conference, Zelaya said “We find ourselves obligated to make this decision to counteract the misinformation of the news media about our 17 months in office.
(R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)