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CUBAN REFUGEE PLIGHT TURNS INTO A JUBILANT "FLIGHT TO FREEDOM"

 MIAMI, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In a determined effort by Cuban exiles, WLTV-Channel 23, The Cuban American Foundation and with the generous contribution of Televisa, the plight of the eight Cuban refugees that were returned to Cuba after drifting ashore in Mexico was turned into a jubilant "Flight to Freedom" yesterday.
 Thousands of people turned up at Miami International Airport to welcome the eight Cuban refugees that arrived on an airplane that had been provided by Televisa. Over 40 countries covering this momentous event waited anxiously as the eight deplaned and were greeted by Jorge Mas Canosa, president of the Cuban American Foundation, executives of WLTV-Channel 23, amongst others.
 Two weeks earlier the Cuban community of Miami and the world watched in horror when video, provided by Eco, the news arm of Televisa, was broadcast showing the return to Cuba of the eight surviving refugees. Originally, there had been 15 refugees, but seven of them, two of which were children, died during their journey.
 Buried in a province called, Quintana Roo in Mexico the seven Cubans have been exhumed and are scheduled to arrive today on an American Airlines flight. A funeral service will be held for them this evening. Burial will be tomorrow and a burial procession is planned at which WLTV-Channel 23 executives and employees will be present.
 WLTV-Channel 23 proudly serves the South Florida area with top quality Spanish-language news and entertainment and is one of nine stations of the Univision Television Group, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Arlene Torres, 201-348-2841 ext. 4161, or Marite Fernandez, 305-471-3932, both for WLTV-Channel 23/


CO: WLTV-Channel 23; Univision Television Group, Inc. ST: Florida IN: ENT SU:

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