Presidency is entering the newspaper business

There is a new Internet newspaper, and it is produced by the ominous-sounding Ministerio de Información.

The Presidencia appears to have taken steps to make sure that President Laura Chinchilla’s administration gets good press. There is little chance of hard-hitting, aggressive journalism.

The domain was registered just last Friday, according to the Costa Rican domain administration. The administrative contact is the Ministerio de la Presidencia.

However, the publication does not mention on its site that it is a product of the government. Nor does the domain have the suffix that denotes a Costa Rican government agency.

The president already has time on the radio and television each week for upbeat news. The so-called cadena nacional was envisioned as a way for the president to discuss the national issues. The Chinchilla administration has turned it into a commercial for Casa Presidencial.

The presidencial Web site does not seem to make any mention of the new Internet newspaper arrival even though the domain registration says it is published at the offices in Zapote.

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