Chavez Yanks Opponents' Radio Licenses Across Venezuela
August 3, 2009 at 4:58 AM (PT)
VENEZUELA has revoked the licenses of 34 radio stations in a move protested by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH AMERICA's Director JOSE MIGUEL VIVANCO as "the most comprehensive assault on free speech in VENEZUELA since (Pres. HUGO) CHAVEZ came to power."
THE GUARDIAN reports that hundreds of protesters kept vigil outside CNB 102.3 FM/CARACAS in its final hours SATURDAY, while the government said that it plans to revoke up to 240 licenses over what it termed irregular paperwork, but critics charged is part of a CHAVEZ government effort to silence critics and jail them for "media crimes," a proposal made by CHAVEZ' Attorney General last month in issuing a statement saying freedom of expression "must be limited." CHAVEZ said that the licenses would be "given back to the people" and transferred to parties sharing CHAVEZ' politics.