Guatemala may give the Catholic church a military TV station

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2002

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Aides to President Alfonso Portillo say the military's television station is likely to be transferred to the Roman Catholic Church.

Portillo announced in March that the station would be turned over to a non-governmental organization, not sold to a private company. He wants to create competition for a Mexican businessman who owns four TV stations with national coverage.

''We would like to give it to the Catholic Church as a way for civil society without access to the media to participate,'' said a secretary to the president.

Evangelical Protestants, with 26 percent of the population, already operate a television station. Guatemala is 70 percent Catholic.

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