Prensa Latina, Cuba
Salvadorians Condemn FTA Burden
7 March 2006
San Salvador, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Salvadorian Association of Cable Operators (ASCAES) has cautioned that the recently established free trade agreement with the US is already affecting 60 national companies.
According to them, multinationals such as Televisa Discovery World and Turner have refused since the start of March selling their TV signals irrespective of deals effective until 2010.
They also complained that the Telecommunications Inspection Office (SIGET) ordered without any legal ground to stop broadcasting channels 2, 4, 6 and 12, playing down contracts signed with the Salvadorian TV Corporation and Channel 12.
Rolando Garcia, of the ASCAES, assured transnationals only sold their broadcast to the AMNET firm, which Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front Deputy Salvador Arias accused of trying to eliminate small cable operators, especially those in far-off places.
Arias demanded multinationals to conform to deals, and ratified that demonstrations against FTA would continue.