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No one will silence the voice of the Global South, PL president

Havana, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The solidity of the Latin American news agency Prensa Latina in the international media scenario makes it a target for attacks by global hegemonic groups, its president Luis Enrique Gonzalez said today.

After denouncing the cyber-attack to this media on Sunday, Gonzalez ratified to journalists of the agency that nobody will silence the voice of Prensa Latina, which for 65 years has been standing up in the name of the Global South.

In his statements, the president of the media organization referred to the wide positioning of the attacked YouTube channel, Prensa Latina TV, which in analogy with the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes, “is a sign that we ride…”

The president of Prensa Latina recalled that this is not the first destabilization attempt against the agency, which throughout its history has faced threats and hostile acts.

In this regard, Gonzalez mentioned that declassified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), of the United States, considered Prensa Latina to be one of the most dangerous weapons that emerged in Cuba.

The cyberattack occurred on Saturday when the channel’s email account was hacked and its access and recovery credentials were modified.

Prensa Latina thus lost its YouTube channel, in whose place now appears a U.S. company called MicroStrategy, with data on the channel’s opening date, views and accumulated subscribers similar to those of Prensa Latina TV.

Since its creation in 2012, the defunct channel accumulated 64,500 subscribers, with a dynamic growth in 2023, when it started with 21,000 and closed with 53,379, with a total of 9,669,000 views, compared to 812,738 in 2022.

According to statistics provided by YouTube, Prensa Latina TV registered in January of this year 1,491 new subscribers, 601,800 total views, with 797,500 minutes of viewing.

Colleagues from Xinhua, from China, Spunitk, from Russia, Azertac, from Azerbaijan and TV Brics, from that integration block founded by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, reacted by replying to the denunciation as an expression of reciprocal support to the media that represent their peoples and not hegemonic interests.

Similarly, the digital publication Resumen Latinoamericano and communicators Florencia Lagos and David de la Paz also expressed their rejection of the attack.

In Cuba, the president of Casa de las Américas, Abel Prieto, joined the denunciation in a message of solidarity published in X social media.

The Cuban intellectual stated that this is the typical response of fascism to those who defend the truth and popular causes.

The board of directors of the important media outlet, which has correspondents in 40 countries and puts out some 400 daily news items, ratified its commitment as the Voice of the Global South, consistent with its founding principles.

The vicious attack in cyberspace reveals the consolidation of Prensa Latina in the international media scenario, says the communiqué, which urges the corporate giant Google to investigate what happened and to adopt measures for the reestablishment of its YouTube channel.