Canal 13 - Univ. Catolica

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Date: 1974

Region: Central America and the Caribbean

Subject: Religious

Medium: Television


Artist: Pbro H. Hasbun - director, Canal 13

Confronting Bodies: Direccion General de Telecomunicaciones

Dates of Action: April 1974

Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Description of Artwork: Se suprimieron todos los organos de comunicacion que pertenecieron a la UP. (All media outlets belonging to the UP were eliminated.)

The Incident: Tras expulsar al director de este canal, Pbro H. Hasbun y su equipo, se cierra esta cadena televisiva porque da una imagen distorsionada del catolicismo. No debe olvidarse que se trata de un cristianismo sumamente beligerante y ademas con un gran poder de persuasion. Por esto se deduce que se les corte una via de acceso tan directa a la poblacion como es el medio televisivo. (After firing Father Hasbun and his team, the station was closed because it allegedly gave a distorted view of Catholicism. Christianity can be belligerently supportive of the status quo so the authorities wanted to cut this direct line to the population through the medium of television.)

Results of Incident: Resulto imposible intentar reactivar el canal porque no existia el derecho de replica. (There was no appeal process so it will be impossible to reactivate the channel.)

Source: Valentin Roma