Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission CONATEL has lifted the suspension of four of the television stations that were suspended for failing to comply with Venezuela’s radio and television social responsibility law.
On Saturday, Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) temporarily closed six national cable television channels for failure to comply with the country’s Law on Social Responsibility in Radio and Television.
This Friday, Venezuela celebrates the launching of its first and only English language newspaper, the Correo del Orinoco International. While in the past other English-language publications have existed, none remain in circulation today, and no others have been created during the Bolivarian Revolution.
Journalists, reporters and media workers representing independent,
alternative, community and public media from across Latin America met in
Caracas in a counter-summit to protest the so-called "Emergency Forum on
Freedom of Speech" that was organized by the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) and
the Venezuelan Press Bloc over September 18-19.
The national director of
Venezuela's telecommunications agency announced on Monday that a request has been
lodged with the Attorney General's Office to open a criminal investigation into
private television station, Globovision, for broadcasting calls
for a coup d'état and for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez walked the red carpet alongside film director Oliver Stone on Monday at the Venice Film Festival for the premiere of Stone's documentary, "South of the Border," which features interviews with Chavez and several other progressive leaders in South America.
On Sunday the first edition
of the new progressive national newspaper, the Correo del Orinoco (Orinoco Post)
came out. The colour, tabloid paper of 23 pages will be daily and cost 1
bolivar (US$ 0.45), and aim to provide realistic coverage of the processes of
change in Venezuela,
said its editor, Vanessa Davies.
In response to private
international and national media claims that Venezuela is discussing a media law
which denies freedom of expression and punishes journalists, National Assembly
members said that no such law proposal exists, only a discussion around how to
combat the "media dictatorship" and "media terrorism."
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez announced on Tuesday that suspect Lina Ron
had been arrested for her presumed participation in a tear gas attack on the
private television channel Globovision, in La Florida, Caracas on Monday.
head of Venezuela's telecommunications agency (CONATEL), and minister of
housing and infrastructure, Diosdado Cabello, announced on Saturday the
immediate closure of 32 privately owned radio stations and 2 regional
television stations, as their broadcast licenses had expired or they had
violated regulations. Cabello said the recuperated licenses would be handed
over to community media.
Venezuelan opposition press, radio and television have adopted a mixed approach towards the coup in Honduras, criticising President Hugo Chavez's involvement in trying to rectify it, defending the currently sworn in president, and justifying the reasons for the coup, whilst portraying the situation in Honduras as peaceful and ignoring the military repression. Chavez accused the opposition of wanting a similar coup in Venezuela, and also of attempting to divide the armed forces.
Saturday, to mark the Day of the Journalist, media workers both for and against
the Venezuelan government marched in separate marches in Caracas. President
Hugo Chavez also announced the creation of a new national paper.
Right wing TV station Globovision must pay over $US 3 million for using unauthorized microwaves and for evading taxes on advertising. Also, its president, Guillermo Zuloaga, was charged yesterday with usury connected to his selling of cars.