Controversial political video banned by TV station
A campaign video by the opposition PRM focusing on PLD Presidential candidate Danilo Medina’s change of heart over the re-election issue and his close association with a Brazilian campaign adviser currently under investigation as part of a major corruption case in his native country was pulled by several TV stations over the weekend.
Television station owner Jose Luis (Pepin) Corripio said that PRM presidential candidate Luis Abinader should use the airtime paid for running the video on Telesistema (Channel 11) himself to make the same claims that the video contains and thus take on personal responsibility for potential defamation. He said his lawyers had stopped the TV station from broadcasting the video, saying that it should be modified because the channel could be sued for defamation. According to commentators, however, there is nothing new in the video compared to what has already been shown on TV and other media.
In her Diario Libre editorial, Ines Aizpun comments that the rejection has meant that the nine-minute video is reaching a much wider audience than if it had aired on TV.
PRM presidential candidate Luis Abinader said, however, that President Danilo was behind what he described as “the new censorship” by some media of the documentary that would have been aired on TV on Friday, 8 April 2016.
The video reminds citizens that Medina used to be firmly opposed to presidential re-election. In the video, President Medina is shown saying that anyone who seeks re-election may as well put all his scruples into a trash can. The video also focuses on Medina’s former campaign adviser Joao Santana, currently under investigation for corruption in Brazil.
The video was also discussed at the Inter-American Press Association mid-year meeting that took place in Punta Cana over the weekend of 8-11 April 2016. Former IAPA president, Rafael Molina Morillo, who is an editor of El Dia, a Corripio media group newspaper, says that the case smells a bit of political pressure, which Corripio had denied receiving. Addressing the issue during the IAPA meeting, where President Danilo Medina gave a speech in favor of freedom of the press, the President said he would support the opinion of Pepin Corripio who was present and is the owner of Channel 11.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
April 11, 2016
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