As Bolivia Votes, Questions of Gaza, Treason and
"Dishonorable" Media, Indigenous on Move
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, January 27-- In
Bolivia, a new Constitution has been adopted by a 60% to 40% vote,
guaranteed representation to indigenous
people in the legislature and allowing
Evo Morales to run for re-election in 2011. Another reported
provision, however, makes it a crime of treason to oppose national unity.
City Press on Tuesday at the UN asked Bolivia's Deputy Permanent
Pablo Solon a series of questions, about treason, freedom of the press,
and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Video here,
Ambassador Solon said that Bolivians "can't be
acting to seek the
disintegration of the state." He explained Morales'
statement that he will
forego local press conferences because only 10% of journalists in
"honorable" as an attempt to express that reporting is "guided
by the owners of media rather than the journalists themselves." Inner
Press asked for a comment, or percentage estimate, of the honor of
correspondents at the UN and in the US. Solon
declined to go there, saying that media
should be independent.
One correspondent asked Solon about a report in the
Los Angeles Times
that the new constitution would allow Morales to dissolve parliament.
called this "false and baseless." Perhaps the job cuts at the LA
Times have come too far. Then again, the Bolivian mission staffer who
to send Inner City Press and the LAT citer the most recent copy of the
Constitution had not done so, 12 hours later. For the draft that Inner
Press has access to, click here.
Inner City Press asked about Bolivia's expulsion of
from Minute 15:18.
Voting in Bolivia, Gaza policy and 90% dishonorable journalists not
Solon said, we have broken diplomatic relations, which is
more than expelling
an ambassador. He explained that even though Gaza's far away, it is a
which undermines the multilateral organization of the UN.
Given the predominance of Latin countries in the
Axis of 10 which on
January 15 supported Ecuador's amendments on Gaza over the EU's and
position, Inner City Press asked Solon to comment on the analysis that
are more committed than the Arab states. We are a pacifist country,
He did not say that Latin Americans are far enough away as to support
least talk to Hamas. What other way forward is there?
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