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July 14, 2009
Tune in: Online radio show on media battles in Honduras

Political upheaval continues in Honduras, after liberal leader Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a military coup in late June. It is a battle that has played out not only in the streets of Honduras, but also on television screens and over radio waves across the world.

Some, including U.S. President Barack Obama and the Organization of American States, have condemned the ouster of the democratically-elected president, saying it was unconstitutional, illegal and a threat to democracy.

Others point out that Zelaya was pushing ahead with a referendum on term limits that Honduras’ Supreme Court had ruled unconstitutional, and consider his removal the result of healthy checks and balances.

The Honduran military has clamped down on pro-Zelaya channels in the country and blocked the signal of Telesur, a left-leaning television network based in Venezuela. Other state-run media across Latin America have broadcast programs in support of Zelaya.’s weekly radio show on explored the coup in Honduras and how Latin America’s media industry — from state-run stations to independent websites — has become a political battleground.

Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge hosts the following panel of guests:

Competing protests have rocked the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa. Photo: Sandra Cuffe

Sandra Cuffe is an independent journalist and photographer from Montréal, Canada­. Sandra has reported from Latin America for several years and is the Honduras correspondent for

Daniel Duquenal is a blogger at “Venezuela News and Views,” which he’s been writing for six years. He hails from small San Felipe in Venezuela and spent 15 years in the US before returning to Venezuela to manage a small family business.

Silvio Waisbord is an associate professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University, and editor of the International Journal of Press/Politics. He is the author of “Watchdog Journalism in South America: News, Accountability and Democracy.”

Host: Martin Savidge
Producers: Katie Combs, Ben Piven




people of Honduras need the US aid and we should send it.Gerry


Could someone please explain to me, and to the Honduran nation: Why the double-standard?

a) How is it, that when Richard Nixon, a democratically elected president of these U.S. of A. was FORCED OUT OF POWER under political threats of impeachment and prison, that act; that
“forceful shove”; that “get the hell out or else” was never called a Coup?

b) Why the double standard when considering a legal-constitutional act executed peacefully by a
sovereign but poor-democratic nation, and a similar act executed by a rich-all powerful giant
such as USA?

What makes the USA; its congressmen and senators, believe that drastic lawfully-applied
measures are ONLY fair and legitimate when applied by a rich nations, and NEVER, when applied by a destitute tiny country, such as Honduras?

c Who would dare criticize the USA for blatantly FORCING THE RESIGNATION of its turned villain Commander in Chief—and not having the democratically-mandated restrain to wait; to hold back until the end of Mr. Nixon’s term?

Nixon finally “voluntarily” resigned… He did resign, true; but only because although a
lawbreaker, he remained a patriot. At the end He thought of, or was forced to accept that what was best for the country, was also best for Nixon.
In contrast, Mr. Zelaya is NOT a patriot. As his brazen attitude (instigating insurrection) echoes it, the fellow doesn’t know the meaning of the word.


d) Why does Honduras; an impoverish nation with obvious LESS FISCAL ABILITY than the USA (to be able to afford crooks in its midst) is being abused and intimidated for duly enforcing a constitutional decree?

Why is Honduras being asked to allow Mr. Zelaya—a known criminal with dictatorial pretense—to rule unhindered until the end of his term?

Why has the U.S. become suddenly myopic and amnesic, and by such condition, so abusive as to pretend to have the right; the moral fortitude to demand from Honduras the further humiliation of restoring to power an openly corrupt-unwanted leader?—Just for the sake of ill placed democratic mandate.

Would the USA have restored Nixon, if the OAS had affirmed and demanded: “You forced Mr. Nixon, a constitutionally elected president out of office with excessive menacing and threats. You must restore Mr. Nixon to the presidency; if you do not comply immediately, the USA will be expelled from the OAS?—Undoubtedly, NO!
The U.S. Congress, and the entire nation for that matter, would have laugh-out-loud, and would have promptly responded: “OAS, Go to Hell” (Well, you know the response would have actually included the well known—everyone’s favorite word—that starts with “F”, followed by “U”).

At this point, notwithstanding the insignificance of Honduras, that is what Honduras did… LIVE WITH IT!!

The military acted upon an official mandate from the Honduras Congress; the Congress was executing an order from the Honduran Supreme Court; the highest court was in turn enforcing a legitimate-constitutional decree. The people spoke; the people demanded; the people executed.
The point is: The crook is out; the great majority of the Honduran people are now celebrating.

E. Benitez, NY – 07/15/09


[…] This week’s show is an interesting conversation that considers an aspect of the Honduras coup we’ve not heard much about: the explosion of independent media – blogs, twitter, non-state controlled news services – and their impact on traditional, often state-run media in Honduras and Latin America. […]


It was a congressional coup, not a military coup. For once a country’s lawfully elected congress stood up for the people and removed a dictator wannabee. Zelaya was changing the constitution of Honduras, unlawfully, so that he could remain in power. The Honduran constitution was written to avoid dictators like the one he wants to be. Ironically, thanks to Zelaya, the coup, and all the social unrest, more HOndurans than ever have read their constitution and know more about how he tried to manipulate it. The “new” government is the congress Hondurans also elected. Here in the US would we let Obama make any decision he wants without approval of our other elected officials? Let’s get our facts straight before we criticize Honduras.


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I am appalled the the U.S. and the O.A.S. have not closed their borders to all goods and services from Honduras. As usual, Mr. Obama, for whom I regretfully voted, talks a better game than he plays…wkcarter, l.a., ca

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