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Saturday, November 10

Yahoo / AP Peru Targets Accused TV Executives: "Analysts say Peru's television industry, racked by debt and dependent on government advertising, was an easy target for Montesinos. Besides cash, he offered to influence court cases involving back taxes and shareholder battles for control of various stations. In return, newscasters critical of the government were thrown off the air and in several cases Montesinos assumed direct control of programming and even dictated newscast scripts from his National Intelligence Service headquarters." Peruvian TV was a disaster waiting to happen. Governments before Fujimori/Montesinos showed more restraint in extracting favors -- or else they were not willing to pay as high a price.

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