Evo Morales calls for the decolonization of the media

BUENOS AIRES.— Bolivian President Evo Morales stated in Argentina that it is necessary to decolonize the way in which the media is managed in order to go more deeply into the process of transformations underway in the region, and confirmed that in Bolivia there is no more coercion or conditions set by certain entrepreneurs in the sector to defend policies.

According to La Razón daily, Morales spoke about the media in a master lecture in the University of La Plata’s Journalism and Social Communication Faculty, where he received an honorary professorship.

There he noted that it is almost a norm for the private media to respond to the interests of the transnationals and the entrepreneurs.

“Just working together jointly, I am convinced that we can liberate ourselves from media which are pro-domination, generally in private hands,” he stated.

Morales confirmed that freedom of expression is guaranteed in Bolivia and spoke of the need for change in the media in order to guarantee the process of change.

The Bolivian President’s lecture was in the context of an open series on Toward a Social Communication for the Emancipation of Latin America, organized by the Faculty.

Morales also received honorary degrees from the universities of Lanús and San Martín.

Morales expressed his wish for the prompt recuperation of Argentine President Cristina Fernández, who is recovering from surgery due to a vascular cerebral lesion. “I just wanted to greet her, give her much strength for a speedy recovery, that is my great wish,” said Morales.


Havana. October 16, 2013

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