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Published 26 November 2020
Opinion

In 2019, Bolivia's de facto regime forced satellite and cable TV operators to withdraw teleSUR's signal from their programming.

Bolivia's Vice President David Choquehuanca announced that as of Wednesday teleSUR multi-media platform's signal will return to the Bolivian television after a year of being off the air by order of the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez.

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"The signal of Latin America's most important multi-media is back. Censorship is not the path to people's democracy. Today we celebrate freedom of expression," Choquehuanca tweeted.

After the 2019 coup against former President Evo Morales, Añez forced satellite and cable TV operators to withdraw the teleSUR signal.

"The first platform to restore our signal is ENTEL. We hope that other cable operators that were forced by the dictatorship to eliminate us will take back our signal too," teleSUR president Patricia Villegas explained.

Journalist Freddy Morales informed that ENTEL will restore teleSUR signal in Satelital DTH (Channel 231) and Fiber Optic IPTV (Channel 406) platforms.

Añez's raid on teleSUR was not isolated. This alternative media has also been targeted by the wave of right-wing governments that emerged in Latin America. 

 

Many of these attacks have been promoted by the Lima Group. In January 2019, for example, teleSUR didn't receive press credentials to take part in the 10th meeting of this group. That same month, opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, who self-proclaimed himself as Venezuela's president, announced that he would "begin the process of replacing the current signal with new content."

In October, Villegas denounced that teleSUR s signal was also withdrawn from Ecuador for a short time and without justification.

"Every attack has been in vain. The far-right mongers want to impose a single voice on the world as it erases the memory of our struggle. It can't," Evo Morales said shortly after the 2019 coup and the withdrawal of teleSUR from the air.

 

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