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Venezuela TV Station Off Air by Monday

Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an opposition-aligned television station must stop broadcasting starting Monday while the high court reviews its appeal of the government's decision not to renew its license.

The Supreme Court announced on its Web site that it had accepted the appeal presented by Radio Caracas Television, but rejected its request for "protective measures."

That means the commercial station will be replaced next week by a public-service station, as announced by President Hugo Chavez, though the court is still reviewing RCTV's challenge to the government shutdown.

Telecommunications Minister Jesse Chacon told a news conference that the Supreme Court decision means that "the channel must go off the air at 11:59 p.m. on May 27. If it doesn't, it will be operating illegally."

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May 25, 2007 12:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a Washington Post article - - Chavez is quoted as saying, "There's no country in the world where there is so much freedom of expression," he said. "The license expires at midnight on May 27, and it's not going to be renewed."

I think he about summed it up accurately.

So, at what point does "freedom of expression" equate to a government's right to shut down its opposition, not just by denying their license but then using its own troops to ensure this process occurs?

May 28, 2007 8:40 AM


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