Colombia’s largest rebel group FARC calls on national media to “contextualize” ongoing peace talks with the government and to “objectively explain” the preliminary deal between guerrillas and government to avoid “confusion” among citizens.
According to the group, Colombia’s mainstream media, “even though it goes against their metallic, monetized, commiied nature that is submitted to the interest of the multinationals, wil have to ensure balance and accuracy in their work that until now, generally, has been reduced to “inform” out of context, to go after sensationalism and the scoop at any cost, to edit with a tendency to sencorship and distortion regarding the insurgent actor.”
The FARC explicitly mentioned Colombia’s only two commercial television networks RCN and Caracol “who act, not in favor of the public interest, but the capitalist business interests,” a rebel press release said.
“Regarding a process that is of national interest, they actively prevented the country to hear the views of the insurgency in the same dimension as they allow the government’s,” said the FARC.
The FARC and the government, who officially opened formal talks in the Norwegian capital of Oslo on October 18, will begin talking on November 15 in Cuba.
Both parties have expressed the intention to put an end to the conflict between rebels and state that has marred the country since 1964.