Thursday, August 03, 2006

Oaxaca, Mexico: Striking teachers shutting down media

Mark in Mexico Alfonso Bedoya, the fmous Gold Hat bandit in The Treasure of the Sierrra Madre. Striking teachers and their supporters in Oaxaca, Mexico have taken over or forced the closure of 7 media outlets, including 3 radio stations, 2 TV stations and 2 newspapers.
Alfonso Bedoya
"News? We ain't got no news! We don't need no news.
I don't have to show you any stinkin' news!"

The striking teachers' union, the SNTE, as well as its support group, APPO, have either taken over or forced the closure of 7 media outlets. They have had control of the Juárez University radio station for two months. This week they took over the state government owned radio and TV networks and their threats have forced the suspension of broadcasting from TV Azteca and Radio ACIR (Antena 89.7). The striking teachers also took over the offices of two small newspapers, the Tiempo and the Extra. Both are apparently run out of the same offices.

Pretty soon, Mark in Mexico will have the only news fit to print.

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