HAVANA TIMES — ??Telesur programming has resumed in Cuba, but now it’s live and direct, not like those pre-recorded edited broadcasts of the past, that brought us what the island’s authorities called “The best of Telesur.” I’m left wondering why the change?
Many people I know at first held hope in Telesur because it seemed more open, more truthful and more serious, with fewer barefaced lies than any Cuban newscast.
Then one day they began airing Mesa Redonda Internacional (Round Table International) on the Telesur channel, with the unparalleled Arleen Rodriguez as its host, which was when the whole thing started to stink.
Finally, starting Sunday, January 20, almost eight years since it first aired, uncut Telesur began being shown in Cuba.
Surprise! …or surprise? The first news about our country was typical slapstick from the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT).
In a brief interview segment, they asked several Cubans in the street what they thought about the arrival of Telesur live. Those who responded talked about how they were pleased because they’d have even greater access to information about Latin America and from the Latin American perspective. Because of this they expected to hear more Latino voices!
Notwithstanding, none of those interviewed said what I’ve heard so many people say: how they’re tired of the lies, double standards, and the partial and infantile portrayals of Cuban life presented by the Cuban news, and how they’re rejoicing because they hope Telesur is something different.
We’ll have to wait and see whether they end up being disappointed?