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'Hostile' media can't catch Bolivia's president on the soccer field

'Hostile' media can't catch Bolivia's president on the soccer field

A day after his government published a list of Bolivia's "most hostile" media outlets, President Evo Morales on Wednesday challenged the South American nation's international press corps to a friendly soccer match.
Playing in La Paz at 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) above sea level, the president and a selection of former World Cup players made short work of the journalists, winning by a final score of either 11-1 or 12-1, depending on who was keeping score.
At halftime Morales, an avid amateur soccer player, posed for photos with members of the reporters' squad. But while speaking briefly to Bolivian television reporters after the game, the president repeated his past critiques of the media.
"Some journalists treat me as if I'm ignorant, or crazy, and the press never reports this," Morales said. "Some foreign journalists come here just to offend me.
"If some Bolivian traveled to Spain or another country and offended their president, I know that they'd deport him," the president added. "Here we don't deport anybody."
A news release issued Tuesday by Morales' administration detailed claims of bias against the government by a television station based in Santa Cruz, the principal seat of Morales' conservative opposition, as well as several national newspapers.
The statement also named several high-profile Bolivian political analysts as participating in an alleged "Anti-Evo campaign."


Updated : 2021-05-16 20:13 GMT+08:00