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Latin America’s First Media Dictator

During the regime of Alberto Fujimori in Peru (1990-2000) his eminence grise was Vladimiro Montesinos, who wielded power with mountains of cash and the brutal “Grupo Colina” death squad – the apparatus that Fujimori and Montesinos set up is often referred to in Peru as the “Fujimontesinos Mafia”. One of their most insidious strategies was to buy the cooperation of nearly all of Peru’s media moguls, thereby exercising practically complete control of the news. Fortunately for posterity, Montesinos secretly videotaped his bribery sessions as insurance in case anyone changed their mind. We’ve used that footage to create a short film about what Peruvian Truth Commissioner Carlos Iván Degregori has called “Latin America’s First Media Dictatorship” – see for yourself…

Paco de Onís
paco@skylight.is

Paco is the Executive Director at Skylight.

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