While international media is almost unanimously condemning the alleged coup in Honduras, supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya can not freely express their opposition.
Since Sunday early hours, June 28, when Zelaya was forcibly taken out of the country, most media were removed from the air, and cut the electricity supply throughout the country. The power came back minutes before noon, and the main source of news at the time was CNN, which was broadcasting large amounts of misinformation about Honduras from the start.
Channels of Televicentro Corporation and Channel 10, owned by Wong Rodrigo Arevalo, were soon on the air. Other channels took more time to start broadcasting.
Channel 11, owned by Jaime Rosenthal started broadcasting yesterday.
Even today there are stations that are not normally broadcasting.
Today I was listening to Radio Globo, a station that has been characterized by his defense of Zelaya’s government and his project for reforming the constitution. At one o’clock were (un) informing the journalists David Romero Ellner and Ariela Caceres, calling to disregard the new authorities and raise popular insurrection, when they were removed quickly from the air. It is said that the journalist Eduardo Maldonado, strong supporter of Zelaya, who participated in past internal elections , has taken refuge at the American Embassy. Also fleeing is the journalist Esdras Amado Lopez, also in favor of Zelaya.
The law prohibits calls to make an insurrection against the government. This should not be interpreted necessarily as a repressive action of the new government. The law has always prohibited open insurrection. However, some people have opined in favor of Zelaya discreetly in the media, but media can not have an editorial line openly in favor of former authorities.
However, many people have heard the broadcasting of CNN en Espanol on the crisis in Honduras, which is considered highly uninformed and misinformator. It’s particularly unfortunate the emphasis that what happened here was a military coup, when never the military have held power in Honduras, not even for a moment. What we have in Honduras is a civilian government.
CNN has exaggerated the sympathy Zelaya may have in Honduras. It was said that thousands of people had rushed to the streets to support Zelaya, which is not true. The opposite is true: Thousands of people attended yesterday downtown Tegucigalpa to support the new administration.
The media blackout of the early hours of the abrupt change of government has faded, and today the flow of information is almost normal. Today we have heard several people in local media defending Zelaya.