The supporters of the military coup staged on Sunday against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya have forced the Latin American news channel Telesur to stop broadcasting in the country. Telesur’s signal is no longer on the air, reported Venezuelan journalist Freddy Fernadez, General Director of the Bolivarian News Agency (ABN), who is currently in Tegulcigalpa where he was to cover the opinion poll scheduled for last Sunday.
Telesur is a regional TV network broadcasting news about Latin America and the Caribbean. The TV news service has spread news on the situation facing Honduras over the past hours, since President Zelaya was kidnapped from his home and taken to Costa Rica.
In an effort to keep offering information on developments taking place in Honduras, Venezuela’s TVes station is broadcasting live transmissions from the satellite-based cell phone of a Telesur journalist who is covering the ongoing demonstrations staged by the Honduran people in areas near the Presidential Palace in the capital Tegucigalpa.
The cutting of Telesur and Honduras state TV broadcasts is the result of strong censorship by the de facto junta led by Roberto Micheletti hours after they staged the coup, which has been condemned by international opinion, regional and world organizations.