Monday, September 18, 2006

Sportscaster fired over Radio/TV Martí scandal

It's hard to keep up with all the developments in this multifaceted story so last week I missed a letter written by WLTV sportscaster Omar Claro that was published in El Nuevo Herald and once again NOT published in the Miami Herald.

In the letter Claro tells readers that WLTV cancelled his contract as a result of the September 8th Oscar Corral story and subseqent reporting on the matter of journalists that were also working part time for the Office of Cuba Broadcasting.

He also questions the conclusions drawn by the Herald and his primary employer, Univision.

During eight years of continuous work as a sportscaster on Univisión 23, I have never been assigned --reflecting unequivocally the nature my profession-- to cover Radio-TV Martí, which makes the allegation that at some moment my journalistic objectivity was damaged even less credible.
Some more excerpts:
As far as the conflict of interest goes, the errors continue in Oscar Corral’s article. Sports are a unique phenomenon with a universal language. Regardless of the intentions, “the Miami Heat wins the championship in the NBA finals” means the same here and there, language differences notwistanding.

The Miami Herald should be aware that in accordance with the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), media like Radio-TV Martí and even the Voice of America, to give two examples, enjoy the sacred principle known as a firewall, a word that guarantees an independent point of view for any journalist or collaborator working for those organizations.

For those familiar with the subject, it is obvious that the government of the United States is the first to guarantee the freedom of information to any journalist or writer.

In the last eight years I have worked in a professional manner, uniquely committed to the truth, recognized not only by my bosses at Univisión 23, but also recognized by world-wide institutions, such as the The Association International of Sporting Press.

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