Telesur is a Venezuela-based, multi state funded, Latin American terrestrial and satellite television network headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela. It is sponsored primarily by the government of Venezuela, but also with additional funding by the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Bolivia. It was launched in 2005.
While promoting an ad campaign for the Government of Venezuela, Telesur used a photo on Twitter of Miami Herald reporter Jim Wyss arriving at the Miami International Airport after being arrested by Venezuelan authorities and interrogated by SEBIN, with the Telesur Twitter campaign stating, “We love Venezuela for receiving foreigners like one of our own.” The incident became popular in the international media since they found the use of the photo ironic due to the circumstances surrounding it. Telesur later removed the photo from their Twitter.
A group of Telesur and Venezuelan state media journalists were in Honduras on 28 June 2009 to cover the events in relation to a non-binding referendum on the possibility of changes to the constitution of Honduras. As soon as they learned that soldiers of the Honduran military ousted President Manuel Zelaya in a coup and exiled him to Costa Rica the staff stayed in the country to cover all events after the coup.
A day after the coup Telesur journalist Adriana Sívori and the crew that was accompanying her was arrested by the military with several other international journalists under threat, and retained their passports.
Telesur is available free to air via satellite to Latin America, the United States, Western Europe, and Northern Africa. The network’s availability through cable television has been very limited in Latin America because of the network’s editorial approach to several events and governments in the region.
High-definition tests started in March 2017 via satellite using SES-6-capacities. The official HDTV launch took place on 24 July 2017.
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