US Radio/TV "Marti" aggression against Cuba

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Wed May 28 01:49:30 MDT 2003



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Cuba, Statement On Radioelectronic And Television Aggression Against
Cuba
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From: Embassy of Cuba, Tuesday, May 27, 2003
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STATEMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS


Last 20 May 2003, the Government of the United States of America
undertook
new actions indicative of an escalation in the radioelectronic and
television aggression that it has been enforcing against the Cuban
Revolution for decades.

The radio station created and operated by the US Government with the
objective of fostering subversion in Cuba, treacherously and
outrageously
named José Martí, went on the air that day with four new frequencies,
thus
causing interference with and disruptions on the Cuban radio
broadcasts.
These acts are an open and gross violation of International Law and
the
standards and regulations established by the International
Telecommunication
Union (ITU) - a Geneva-based international agency set up with the
objective
of promoting  the proper functioning of telecommunications around the
world - and, in particular, its Radiocommunication Regulations.

That same day in the afternoon, the TV signal broadcast to Cuba with
identical purposes by the US official propaganda services went on the
air
from 6 to 8 p.m., using channels and systems legally allocated to
Cuban TV
stations and duly registered with the aforementioned international
organization. This action also violates International Law and the
standards
agreed upon by all States in the context of the International
Telecommunication Union, particularly item 23.3 of its
Radiocommunication
Regulations, which prohibits television broadcasts beyond the national
borders.

Under item 15.34 of such Regulations, the US television aggression
qualifies
as harmful interference caused by a TV station, operating on VHF
Channel 13
(210-216 MHz), which severely affected the Cuban television services
duly
registered on such channel.

The preamble to the Constitution of the International
Telecommunication
Union sets forth the ever-increasing importance of telecommunications
for
the safeguard of peace and the socio-economic development of all
States,
thus declaring the need to facilitate the proper functioning of
telecommunications through international cooperation towards the full
accomplishment of the above-mentioned objectives. The US radio and
television aggressions against Cuba reveal such Government's full
disregard
for the standards regulating international relations.

The radio and television aggression by the United States against Cuba
is not
a new phenomenon. Every week, several stations based in US territory
broadcast to our country over 2,220 hours of counterrevolutionary
programming, fostering subversion against the constitutional law and
order
that the Cuban people bestowed on itself in a free and sovereign
fashion.
There are 24 frequencies exclusively set aside for broadcasts with
such
purposes.

On this occasion, the violation of International Law and, in
particular, the
international standards regulating the use of radiocommunication
frequencies, has been aggravated by several factors. Beyond the
premeditation and hypocrisy that guided the design and implementation
of the
aforementioned actions, it is fitting to highlight that the subversive
broadcasts were aimed at Cuba from a US Air Force airplane during
national
prime time, thus interfering with its usual transmission through
frequency
bands used by Cuban radio and television stations.

Also relevant was the inaction of US authorities against Cuban-born
terrorist José Basulto and his attempts to broadcast television
signals
towards Cuban territory. Although US representatives informed through
diplomatic channels that Mr. Basulto had been warned that any
broadcasts
towards Cuba would be considered a violation of US laws and,
therefore,
actions against him would be undertaken, it was known that such
terrorist
flew around freely last 20 May - and he failed to broadcast because of
problems with the transmitter to be used and not because of any
actions by
US authorities.

In light of the attempts of the current US Government to impose its
will on
the world as the only relevant standard, Cuba demands an international
order
in which respect for International Law should apply equally to all.
This is
an irrenouncible paradigm of peaceful coexistence and justice on the
planet.

Although it is true that those new radio and television aggressions
were
neutralized by our specialists, Cuba is obliged and entitled to
denounce
these illegal acts and demand that they cease. To that end, several
political and diplomatic actions are currently underway - both at the
bilateral level and in the context of the relevant multilateral
scenarios.

At the headquarters of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Head of
the
Interests Section of the United States of America in Cuba, Mr. James
Cason,
was presented with a Note Verbale of Protest that establishes the
violations
committed by the Government of the United States against the
international
regulations applicable to telecommunications and International Law.

Likewise, the Cuban radiocommunication authorities have reported this
incident to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the
Government of
the United States, clearly establishing all the technical and legal
parameters that have been grossly violated.

Cuba is also in the process of denouncing the foregoing event to the
Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
and
requesting the adoption of measures relevant to these cases.

Cuba will denounce the escalation in radio and television aggressions
from
the United States at all forums and on every occasion it deems
appropriate
and necessary.

The Cuban people, prepared both in armed struggle and in the battle of
ideas
waged on a daily basis against the manipulations of the media and the
lies
fabricated by the US powerful misleading machinery, stands ready to
successfully face any challenges looming ahead. The actions undertaken
by
our Government assert its unswerving will to defend the sovereignty of
the
Cuban people, including the interference-free enjoyment of the radio
and
television frequencies allocated to our country pursuant to the
standards
and regulations of International Law.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Havana, 22 May 2003







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