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La Nueva Televisora del Sur (teleSUR, The New Television of the South) is a pan-Latin American television network established by several Latin American countries in 2005. The establishment of the channel was initiated by Hugo Chavez. It is sponsored by the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Richard Stallman was on the advisory board that oversaw the launch of the channel, but he resigned in 2011 over the channel's coverage of the protests/revolution in Libya, calling it a "boring propaganda engine". According to him, he had suggested that the channel should follow "the model of Al Jazeera", but his suggestion "was not heeded".
The Spanish version of TeleSUR is basically a propaganda machine in the mold of Russia Today, praising the greatness of "dear leader" Hugo Chavez and his successors with any "news" stories from either a pro-Venezuela or anti-US standpoint if the facts can at all be manipulated or shoehorned into it.
The English version is more of an attempt to give Americans the point of view that the Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans have on their situation (everything is a byproduct of the US economic war). Horrifyingly, they aren't completely wrong - a lot of their articles are devoted to the criticism of wingnuts (although they do sometimes go against other leftists) and the aggressive policies of the US and their allies. In order to distract from the full-blown guerrilla wars in Venezuela and Nicaragua, they will frequently write about protests around the world except for their own. In other words, it's the ultimate moonbat news source.
- Telesur propaganda, Stallman.org Political Notes, 26 February 2011
- Telesur Reporters Beaten in Honduras, venezuelanalysis.com
- As Egpyt Attacks Press, teleSUR Staff in Cairo Detained, Threatened and Released, venezuelanalysis.com