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Venezuela To Sue CNN Over Chavez Images

From Australia’s ABC News Online:

Venezuela to sue CNN

Venezuela says it will file charges against US cable network CNN for linking President Hugo Chavez to Al Qaeda.

It says it will also sue a Venezuelan TV network for encouraging Mr Chavez’s assassination.

The move comes a day after popular Venezuelan TV network RCTV went off the air after the Chavez Government cancelled its broadcast licence.

Information Minister William Lara has presented what he says is CNN footage displaying pictures of Mr Chavez juxtaposed with those of an Al Qaeda leader.

Mr Lara says CNN also aired a story about the Venezuelan protests but used images taken in Mexico of an unrelated story.

“CNN broadcast a lie which linked President Chavez to violence and murder,” he said.

CNN has issued a statement strongly denying being “engaged in a campaign to discredit or attack Venezuela”.

The news network has acknowledged a video mix-up and “aired a detailed correction and expressed regret for the involuntary error”.

Regarding the Al Qaeda leader, the network says “unrelated news stories can be juxtaposed in a given program segment just as a newspaper page or a news website may have unconnected stories adjacent to each other”…

I think any even incidental viewer of CNN can vouch for them. They certainly would never knowingly disparage Hugo Chavez or any other communist dictator.

Quite the opposite.

Still, why doesn’t Mr. Chavez just close them down?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 29th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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