29 de marzo de 2016 15:42 PM
Actualizado el 29 de marzo de 2016 18:01 PM
The government of Argentinean President Mauricio Macri on Monday announced the country would abandon the Caracas-based multi-state TV news network Telesur arguing it does not play a role in contents or the financial management of the media outlet.
“We deemed it appropriate to leave a partnership where Argentina had no real involvement,” Ministry of Public Media and Contents Hernán Lombardi told Argentinean radio station Vorterix.
The South American nation thus becomes the first founder member to abandon the television project created in 2005 upon the initiative of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to have a communication media representing the region’s center-left governments.
“We were members unable to opine about financial and journalistic matters,” Lombardi stressed.
Telesur, which comprises Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Uruguay, twitted that it “is assessing a formal response to (Lombardi’s) remarks.”
Buenos Aires’ move adds to tensions in Argentina-Venezuela relations since Macri, a conservative technocrat, took office on December 10 last year.