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Hugo Chavez Closes 34 Radio Stations

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From a very understanding Associated Press:

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez sings traditional Venezuelan music during celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the rewriting of the Constitution at the National Assembly in Caracas, Saturday, July 25, 2009.

Venezuela: ‘Freedom of expression must be limited’


CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s top prosecutor insisted Thursday that freedom of expression in Venezuela "must be limited" and proposed legislation that would slap additional restrictions on the country’s news media.

The new law would punish the owners of radio stations, television channels and newspapers that have attempted to "cause panic" and "disturb social peace," Attorney General Luisa Ortega said.

It also would punish media owners who "manipulate the news with the purpose of transmitting a false perception of the facts."

"Freedom of expression must be limited," Ortega said.

Ortega urged lawmakers to consider her suggestions as they debate a bill that would punish as-yet-undefined "media crimes." The National Assembly, which is controlled by allies of President Hugo Chavez, is expected to approve the measure in coming months

Venezuela’s telecommunications commission notified 50 radio stations earlier this week that their broadcast licenses could be revoked because they failed to update their registrations. Commission chief Diosdado Cabello said a final determination on the licenses will be made following investigations. He said authorities might also seize broadcasting equipment.

Nearly 200 other broadcasters that did not meet a June deadline to register also will be investigated, but have not yet been formally notified, Cabello said

Broadcast regulators have also opened a series of investigations into Globovision, the only strongly anti-Chavez channel remaining on the open airwaves.

Station vice president Carlos Alberto Zuloaga accused Chavez on Thursday of "deciding to shut down Globovision." …

Chavez denies that he intends to silence critics, saying his government fully respects freedom of expression.


Well, they didn’t waste much time.

Again from a complacent Associated Press:

Venezuelan regulators pull 34 radio concessions


August 1, 2009

Venezuelan regulators revoked the broadcast rights of 34 radio stations on Friday, deepening a rift between President Hugo Chavez’s government and the private media.

Diosdado Cabello, who heads Venezuela’s telecommunications regulatory agency, said some of the stations failed to update their registrations or let their concessions expire, while others held licenses granted to an operator who is now deceased.

The affected radio stations "will have to end transmissions once they are notified," he said.

Chavez’s government has increasingly clashed with private media in recent months and is slowly tightening its grip over the industry, raising concerns among watchdog and human rights groups that accuse the government of trying to stifle dissent.

But Cabello denied the government aims to limit freedom of expression or punish political opponents by revoking licenses.

"It’s not to persecute anyone," he said…

More than 200 other radio stations are also under investigation for failing to update their registrations.

Chavez has said the concessions could be handed over to operators who share his vision for a socialist Venezuela

Don’t worry.

It can’t happen here.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Hugo Chavez Closes 34 Radio Stations”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Ah yes, for the good of za peoples!
    Wonder how long it is before he starts eating the opposition”

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “It can’t happen here.”

    Other things that can’t happen here:

    1. Rigged elections (Franken)
    2. Rampant voter fraud (Acorn)
    3. Nationalization of business (GM)
    4. State run health care (Obamacare)
    5. Government control over private sector pay (AIG)
    6. Unequal application of the law (Tax code/Democratic tax cheats)
    7. Rampant political patronage (Obama’s Zsars)
    8. Establishment of an Oligoacrchy (Kennedys, Bushs, Clintons, etc.)
    9. Nationalization of energy (cap and trade)
    10. Ignorance of the Constitution (See above)

  3. proreason says:

    I’ll remind everyone of GetBackJack’s theory that Leftists try out their criminal enterprises in low-risk countries before thy bring them to the U.S.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    “Freedom of expression must be limited,” Ortega said.

    Where have I heard this before?

    UN: blasphemy resolution against criticizing religion (specifically Islam)
    Islamic countries wanted to make the resolution binding on all member nations, including Western nations….

    USA: FCC, “Fairness doctrine,” (we must present both sides equally la-la-la as if any issue could be broken into two sides with equal merit, or worth censoring over…)

    Why do I feel as though our country with these Democrat fantasies and globalist kumbayahs are on a slippery slope away from freedom of speech?

  5. canary says:

    Don’t hear Obama saying nothing. I don’t comprehend Obama’s loyality to murderous people, like that terrorist muslim Ogina he went to Kenya to campaign for in 2006. In his hope’s he says he does not dismiss the idea of America being ran like Chavez’ runs his. Is it Chavez’s murderous and drug cartelling? I mean now he turns the tables and is helping Afganistan grow poppy fields.

    • proreason says:

      “I don’t comprehend Obama’s loyality to murderous people”

      Like all thug dictators, Obamy justifies his own megalomania by the thought that only he can make the world better, and there is no known price that is too high for that gift. The math is simple. What if a few hundred million die? The world population is 6 billion, and Obamy’s reich will last for a thousand years at least. A few hundred million deaths is a small price to pay.

      So he understands the mindset of a Chavez, and although he may not view Chavez as a person as god-like as himself, he doesn’t want to condemn a man who is doing exactly as he plans to do himself.

      And besides, Chavez is NOT a white european. So he is automatically better than all of the U.S presidents who have preceded the Moron.

  6. catherine t. says:

    Well, we know what ‘Media’ here; will have their ‘plug pulled’. . .and we certainly know; those who by their ‘due diligence’ – will not. And no question it is on the ‘OBAMA AGENDA’; and we do not need to hold our breath.

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