Argentina, Venezuela clash over media freedom
Argentina, under the pro-business Macri government pulls funding from pan-Latin American, left-leaning broadcaster Telesur, originally an initiative of Hugo Chavez. Argentina’s Minister of Communications explains that “there was no pluralism at Telesur.” President Maduro responds saying that Argentina cannot just “disappear” the TV network.
US Secretary of State John Kerry praises Argentina’s overall stance on Venezuela, during a visit by Argentina’s Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra to Washington. He says, “I look forward today to talking about the ways in which we can focus on a number of different issues together… particularly, for instance, Venezuela, where Argentina has made some very important contributions already.”
Meanwhile, Roy Daza, a prominent member of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, says that Maduro “will seek consensus and balance” when Venezuela takes over the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) on April 17, and the Mercosur (Southern Common Market) in July.