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The Cuban Resistance Assembly asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an “exhaustive review” of the recently created Latino Media Network (LMN), funded in large part by George Soros, which announced the purchase of 18 radio stations, two of them closely linked to Cuban exiles in Miami.
This coalition of exile organizations and those from inside the island fear that this group, led by Stephanie Valencia and Jess Morales, of leftist tendency, will “silence” the stations Radio Mambí 710 AM and WQBA 1140 AM, included in the operation.
In the letter, the alliance requests that the “experience and merits” of the potential buyers be investigated by the FCC, the state agency which must approve certain types of transactions involving the purchase and sale of companies in the sector.
Valencia worked with former President Barack Obama and was one of the founders of the pollster EquisLabs, which specializes in Hispanic voters. Morales has ties to the Democratic National Committee and is president of the immigrant advocacy organization Families Belong Together.
The Cuban Resistance Assembly said it was open to provide any information before the FCC makes such an “important decision” for Cuban exiles in Miami.
And it asked the FCC to take into account LMN’s possible “biases” and “their lack of knowledge of the audience they intend to influence”.
In recent days, members of the community protested in front of Univision Radio’s headquarters and issued a statement in which they showed their concern about the operation and assured that they want to guarantee that the voices of victims of communism from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia, among others, who reside in South Florida, “be heard” on this radio station.
“Radio Mambí and WQBA have long been important sources of information on freedom, crimes against humanity and social movements in Cuba, both for the Cuban-American community and for Cubans on the island,” the Cuban Resistance Assembly said in its recent statement.
The possible sale of Radio Mambí, currently owned by the Televisa-Univision group, is part of a $60 million transaction involving 18 radio stations.