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Posted February 06, 2007 by publisher in US Embargo

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Cuba on Monday blasted a new move by a U.S.-funded TV Marti to provide its anti-Fidel Castro programming to Spanish-language stations in Miami that are picked up by popular illegal satellite dishes on the island.

The Miami station WPMF-TV, an affiliate of the Spanish-language Azteca Americas network, in December announced plans to air the Marti programming daily. It appears to be the first time Marti programming has been broadcast on U.S. airwaves. TV Marti is paying $195,000 for six months worth of broadcasts.

“They are trying new ways to get their meddlesome and subversive messages, designed to destabilize the Cuban revolution, seen and heard in our country,” an article in the Communist Party newspaper Granma said.

“The authorities of our country, with the support of the vast majority of the people, are taking and will take the necessary measures” to halt this new effort to bring TV Marti programming to the country, Granma said.

Other U.S. government attempts to beam TV Marti into Cuba have largely failed because of the communist government’s successful efforts to jam the signals, most recently being sent from a cargo plane off Florida’s coast.

The older sister station, Radio Marti, historically has been more successful in broadcasting to the island through both shortwave and AM signals.

This new method of broadcasting TV Marti to Cuba comes as the Washington-funded program faces renewed criticism for spending $10 million annually to produce programs that in the past were rarely seen on the communist-run island.

It is uncertain how many Cubans have illegal Direct TV satellite dishes that access Miami programming. But far more people on the island seem likely to pick up TV Marti through those dishes than through the U.S. government’s past efforts.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on February 06, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    A couple potential side effects of blasting out this US propaganda:

    1. The Cuban government cracks down on satellite dishes and confiscates them en masse. Of course not the desired reaction by the US government but one they should have seen coming if it happens. Once again showing that US government policy punishes Cuban citizens.

    2. People in Miami are exposed to the US propaganda on TV Miami and actually protest against it.

    Either way, more of your tax dollars down the drain.

    Cuba consulting services

  2. Follow up post #2 added on February 07, 2007 by Varsi Padayachee

    Then there is the 2008 Presidential race.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on February 08, 2007 by Pete Chavez

    Publisher,  Do you really think they crack down on satellite dishes because of U.S. propaganda? 
    They crack down anyway.  They want to be able to control every aspect of what you read, view and hear.  They removed a satellite dish from a friend of mine’s home (whom by the way happens to be in their party) over seven years ago.  Do you really think that their tyrany over our people is only a reaction to U.S. aggression and therefore understandable?  It’s like warning a co-worker not to upset a fellow co-worker because he is a known wife beater and might go home and beat his wife. 
    And let me correct you.  The Cuban regime punishes the Cuban people.  If their governance is forthright, honest, transparent, just and free why on Earth would anything said anywhere about them be met as such a threat to security.  Come on Publisher, even in Cuba with the lack of free access to information people are not stupid.  They know that they are spoon fed lies all day long.  That is why my friend tried to use a satellite dish and that is why any media not in their control is considered such a threat.
    I also don’t think the programs are an effective means to provoke change in Cuba, basically because it’s proven ineffective.  I think it has been around since the early 80s.  For me that is reason enough.

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