Underreported: The Honduran Coup and the Media

Thursday, July 02, 2009

In the aftermath of last Sunday's coup in Honduras, there has been a massive media crackdown on reporters and organizations that are not seen as favorable to the new government. We’ll get the latest from Miami Herald foreign correspondent Frances Robles who is in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.

You can read Frances's article on press censorhip in Honduras here


Frances Robles

Comments [4]

Yuri Rosas from Rahwya, NJ

The private sector have polarized the media. And the supporters of the legitimate president Zelaya, have informed themselves of the coup -at first- by word of mouth, due to the cutting of the power.

But i cannot believe the language use both by Leonard and the terribel miami herald's guest (worst national paper ever -can't even capitalize theri name-).

In order to not generalized the words most of,
a great majority of, et cetera are used.
Instead you guys just say 'the people'.

Well here is 'the people in "favor" of the new ousters".

Jul. 03 2009 09:04 AM
Yuri Rosas from Rahwya, NJ

The majority of the people is in favor of the ousters????? Really???????????????????

There is only one state own tv outlet in Honduras,
and it was stablished THIS YEAR (Channel 8).
Plus is run by the 30 year unbreakable congress
(Fact: the ouster Micheletti has been working for that congress for 30 years).

Then the rest of tv stations and newspapers are run by the private sector: channels 4 and 7, plus
"the leader 5" run by Rafael Ferrari (pseudo Italian). But with the rise of cable, and increas internet. Mus people read the newspapers online own by: Jorge Canahuati Larach (pseudo Arab), who owns the three must red and important ones (La Prensa, Heraldo, y Diez).

Then follows "La Tribuna" owned by Flores Facuse(pseudo Arab). Last and not leas "El Tiempo" owned by Jaime Rosenthal (pseudo Jewish). Do your research better.

Jul. 03 2009 08:58 AM
jawbone from Parsippany, NJ

About NYTimes coverage of Central and South America, even Mexico: IIRC, the NYTimes had to apologize for its coverage of the coup against Hugo Chavez as its reporter was found to highly biased against any leftist politicians, but especially against Chavez.

I have learned from that that I must read as widely as possible to try to find the nuggets of truth and accuracy in most reporting. Blogs which specialize in the region and individual countries also help.

I should learn Spanish and Portuguese, but I lack those skills.

I cannot trust the Times to be unbiased. I once trusted the NYTimes as, indeed, the "paper of record." Its behaviour in recent years has disabused me of that trust.

Some exmaples:

Coverage of Gore's hair, clothing colors and styles, blatant misreadings of statements about Love Story, Love Canal, the internet, sighs or not sighs, even a note from a father about his daughter's classroom situation in the 2000 election

Coverage of Bush's push for war which included stenographic reporting of Bush/Cheney propaganda

The strangely biased coverage of the Clinton "scandals."

Oh, and poor Wen Ho Li, for which the paper apologized. I've been waiting for it to apologize for the Whitewater coverage.... Crickets.

Jul. 02 2009 01:59 PM
jawbone from Parsippany, NJ

I am disappointed that all three on the program are saying this is Zelaya's effort to stay in office another term. One person did say, more carefully, that Z wanted to run for another term -- but did not state he is not running for reelection in any manner this year.

He wanted a national poll (not exactly a referendum as it was completely non-binding) to see whether or not the voters wanted a constitutional assembly (I may have the wrong precise term, but it was to be an assembly to review the constitution and rewrite, if necessary. Among other problems, the legislature has great power to directly allot government money without any control by the executive branch; apparently this has lead to corruption.).

Non-binding. For an asembly which could not take place until after the election this year, 2010 at the earliest, when Z would be out of office. There is already a candidate from Z's party running for president in this year's election.

Zelaya could not run again unti 2013, and could do so then *were* the assembly to take place, **were it to make changes to permit more then one term for the presidency, *were* the new constitution passed,and *were* he to choose to run and then be nominated in 2013.

Yeah, big power grab.

I guess those Repubs in the US who wanted to permit foreign born persons to be eligible to run for president, to change (gasp!) the constitution!, were trying to pull off, what was it called?, a soft coup?

Perhaps Z's big problem was that he wanted to help the poor of Honduras, to break the oligarchs' hold on almost total power. Z was elected as a center rightist. His mistake may have been to realize the plight of the poor in his country.

And to raise the minimum wage by 60%. That really seems to have set the Holders of Power against him.

Jul. 02 2009 01:49 PM

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