Skip to comments.Iran Government Launching Spanish-Language TV to Target Latin America
Posted on 09/13/2011 9:08:47 AM PDT by bayouranger
(CNSNews.com) -- The Iranian government is racing to launch its first Spanish-language news channel by the end of this year, which is expected to reach audiences in Latin America and Europe, a Brazilian news outlet reported.
HispanTV, the name of the upcoming Iranian channel, has already made its debut on the Web, covering news in Iran, the Americas, the United States, Canada, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa and also reporting on culture, health, sports, society, economy, and technology.
The Iranian channel is expected to air varied programming, including interviews and talk shows about movies and books on Iranians and Hispanics. Pilot programs, such as one about the the massacre of Pakistanis by the United States are already available on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
On Aug. 18, the Brazilian newspaper, Folha de São Pao (Folha), reported that HispanTV was aimed to bring Irans vision to the region, particularly South America. Folhas story was disseminated by Brazils Ministry of Defense.
Folha (Portuguese for sheet/page) highlighted that apart from the governments of Argentina and Colombia, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has close ties with some South American leaders, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Hugo Morales, both known for spreading anti-American sentiment in the region.
Iran will bear the full cost of the upcoming TV station, which will join Press TV, the English-based Iranian channel, with coverage on all continents. HispanTV is expected to be based out of Tehran in a building next to PressTV. The station is expected to have a branch in Madrid, Spain and plans to open offices throughout South America. It already has a permanent contract with Venezuelas Telesur channel, but is keeping its doors open to other stations in the region.
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), an Iranian state entity, plans to open an office in Brazil. According to the Iranian Embassy in Brazil, the project is ongoing but there is no set date for when the branch will begin operating. Brazils official language is Portuguese, making it the only non-Spanish speaking country in Latin America.
Two free satellites will make HispanTV broadcasting possible. Potential consumers will need a satellite dish and decoder to access the content. Syria-Hezbollah, Iran
Syrian President Bashir Assad meets with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Damascus in February 2010. (Photo: Hezbollah/Moqawama Web site)
"Our signal will reach all of Latin America and Europe, and may also be picked up in Brazil," said Chilean Manuel Arismendi, who will be managing the upcoming channel, according to the Brazilian newspaper.
Few agencies have a monopoly of Western news about Iran and the Middle East in Latin America. This will help the population to have access to news without distortion," said Ali Mohaghegh, the first secretary of the Iranian Embassy in Brazil.
HispanTV is the latest example of Irans efforts to create alternative media channels to giant corporations, added Folha.
On Aug. 4, Tiroalblanco.cl (Spanish for Target shot), a Chilean news outlet, reported that HispanTV will reach the United States and Canada as well.
HispanTV is in a process of implementation and consolidation, according to Tiroalblanco.cl. The finished product is expected to be comprised of correspondents, columnists, bloggers, and contributors who will join the current team on the channel.
"We work with more than 100 people, mostly Iranian colleagues, of course. Also, we have the valuable support of high level professionals from Spain, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela, all females, which certainly strengthens the incessant news service, " said Arismendi, who will be running HispanTV, as reported in Tiroalblanco.cl.
The Chilean news outlet reported that, according to Arismendi, by 2012 HispanTV will begin broadcasting 24 hours a day with a variety of programming, including news every half hour, movies, documentaries, television series and feature stories.
CNSNews.com attempted to reach Arismendi for comment using an e-mail address listed at Tiroblanco.cl, but he did not respond before this story was posted.
During testimony before lawmakers in March 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), a component of the Department of Justice, said the Iran-backed groups Hamas and Hezbollah, which are designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department, are operating in South America.
Some DTOs [drug-trafficking organizations] based in the tri-border area have ties to radical Islamic terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, testified Anthony Placido, the assistant administrator for intelligence at DEA.
There are numerous reports of cocaine proceeds entering the coffers of Islamic Radical Groups (IRG) such as Hezbollah and Hamas in Europe and the Middle East, he said.
Nevertheless, Daniel Benjamin, the State Departments coordinator for counterterrorism, told lawmakers in June 2010 that there is no credible information to indicate that the international terrorist organization Hezbollah has an operational presence in Latin America.
Although it maintained that there was no corroborated information that these or other Islamic extremist groups had an operational presence in the TBA [the tri-border area of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina] or elsewhere in the hemisphere, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in February 2011 reported that U.S. concerns have increased in recent years over Hezbollah and Hamas fundraising activities in South America.
According to the State Departments latest Country Reports on Terrorism, Designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1984, Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2010 providing weapons, training, and funding, to terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah
"Nevertheless, Daniel Benjamin, the State Departments coordinator for counterterrorism, told lawmakers in June 2010 that there is no credible information to indicate that the international terrorist organization Hezbollah has an operational presence in Latin America.
Maybe Daniel is vying for a position on JihadTV...
“All your burritos are belong to us!”
Catholicism never surrendered in SA the way Protestantism did in the US. For any religion to sweep in, there must be a spiritual vacuum. My guess is the channel will concentrate on politics, not religion.
That’s a good point.
OTOH, I would point out to those who are likely to fall for the lie that spelled backwards “Mal..si” is the reason they should fight against it.
Simple solutions for simple people.
No es una sorpresa. Como lo pensado
Those b@st@rds are doing all the things that we should have been doing for twenty years! Where is American global media? Why do we not have media that reaches the Middle East and other Islamic countries? Not to mention media throughout the rest of the world? Why are we not telling our story? “In the begining was the Word”—the word is all important. We communicate with the word but the bad guys use the word to lie. What has happened to this country that we have no vision or coordination any more?