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    Fidel Castro | Photo: Roberto Chile

Published 23 July 2015

The message celebrates the role of the Latin American news channel as it marks its 10th anniversary.

Fidel Castro sent a letter to teleSUR as it marks it 10th anniversary.

In the letter, published in full below, the leader of the Cuban Revolution explains that he is an avid viewer of teleSUR, “I want to let you know I am regular viewer of the channel, it is where I get a big part of my information.”

RELATED: Listen to an audio recording of the letter here

He explains how the creation of the channel was “an initiative by the unforgettable Hugo Chavez, who was aware of the importance of promoting Latin American integration and offering objective and accurate information.”

In his letter, Fidel also explains that the channel has given a voice to those previously excluded in media portrayals of the continent:

“Men, women, and children from diverse social, ethnic, and religious groups, indigenous peoples, black people, the dispossessed and the most humble people with their dignity and natural intelligence and their moving, and in many cases heartbreaking, stories have found a place at the channel.”

FULL LETTER FROM FIDEL

Patricia Villegas Marin, President of teleSUR

Dear Patricia,

I could not let the 10th anniversary of the launch of teleSUR pass without sending you this message.

Its creation was an initiative by the unforgettable Hugo Chavez, who was aware of the importance of promoting Latin American integration and offering objective and accurate information, in the face of the monopoly of the transnational news companies and the challenges that lied ahead. Deeply Bolivarian, he wanted the transmission to begin on July 24, a historic day that marks the birthday of the Liberator, Simon Bolivar.

In its journey filled with lessons and experiences, there has not been a significant political, economic, social event in which teleSUR was not present with immediacy, objectivity, and accuracy.

Likewise, men, women, and children from diverse social, ethnic, and religious groups, indigenous peoples, black people, the dispossessed and the most humble people with their dignity and natural intelligence and their moving, and in many cases heartbreaking, stories have found a place at the channel.

I want to let you know I am regular viewer of the channel, it is where I get a big part of my information. The Cuban people have shown an eagerness and a preference for teleSUR's signal.

teleSUR is a trench of ideas. The dreams and the seed planted by Chavez will continue to grow beneath the commitment that saw it created as a bridge in the process of Latin American integration and the development of the necessary unity of our peoples.

TeleSUR reaches the most remote parts of the world with its message and way of expressing itself.

I congratulate all teleSUR's contributors for their efforts and the results achieved in such a short time, and you, in particular, for your brilliant leadership.

With friendship,

Fidel Castro Ruz

 


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