Chilean Chancellor Heraldo Muñoz has responded to a new commercial from internet and telecommunications company WOM, calling the advert “offensive and in bad taste.”
“I have seen that the commercial is offensive and in bad taste, but the government respects freedom of expression and of the press, except when laws are violated,” Muñoz added.
The Chancellor’s comes after Bolivia’s foreign ministry released a statement against the commercial, stating that it “discriminates” and “undermines” President Morales.
“The commercial discrimates against an indigenous leader and undermines him due to his origin. At the same time, this indigenous leader is a President of State, democratically elected, and for this reason the discrimination is doubly offensive.” the release added.
During the commercial, ‘Morales’ wanders through the presidential palace in sandals while playing the pan pipes.
As the phone rings he answers.
“Remember what we discussed… and don’t bring the pan pipes.”
The ‘president’ then refers to the waiting Chilean press as “intelligence agents.”
“If you can’t also surf where you’d like, talk to us about changing your data plan.” The advert concludes.
Bolivian government has asked that Chile “takes the corresponding actions, under its own laws and international human rights agreements in relation to the commercial from the telecommunications company WOM.”
The Chilean company was previously criticized for a commercial televising a conversation between Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro and ex-president Hugo Chávez, who visits the current president in the form of a small bird.
“If your signal is poor, let’s talk about it.” the commercial concludes.
Bolivia has demanded that Chile present itself before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, the Netherlands, as debate over the country’s sea access continues.