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Wed Nov 21, 2018, 07:47 PM

How the Char family is buying media in Colombia's Caribbean region

by Adriaan Alsema November 21, 2018

The Char family is one of Colombia’s most powerful political dynasties, partly because of its past ties to death squads, but also because it uses tax money to use news media for propaganda.

According to the Foundation for the Freedom of Press (FLIP), Barranquilla Mayor Alejandro Char spent $21 million of the city’s budget on publicity.

The FLIP has been analyzing how Colombia’s ruling class is using tax money pay news media to present government propaganda as news or make the media financially dependent on the politicians.

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Bribing media is not the only Char strategy to maintain in power; censorship is too, according to the editor in chief of a local news website.


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