Friday, March 27, 2009
For three days now, Channel 13 (among the two most important TV channels in the country) , their TV channel TN and radio station Mitre have been suffering interference and scrambling, replaced by a black screen or the signal entirely gone.
The government is openly against this network and threatens its reporters and editors in subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways.
Among the hundreds of networks in south America that use this same satellite, their signals are the only ones being affected.
For example this last couple of days, they were running a report about the thousands of cases of “Chagas” disease in the northern province of Chaco and showings footage of the people protesting that the province (K governor) wasn’t prepared to deal with the disease and that kids in the hospital are dehydrated.
Surprisingly, they signal in Chaco was scrambled and replace by a black screen.
Same happens when certain reports are tried to be aired internationally.
It’s been 3 days now since this started.
The investigation by the people in charge of the satellite concluded:
1) It only affects the signal of this news group
2) This has never happened before, ever.
3) The scrambling signal interfering in coming from South America.
I’ll also note that the signal is suddenly affected when negative news regarding the government is being aired.
I tried to find an article explaining this in English but didn’t find any.
This is very serious business. Such straightforward censorship is a very bad sign.