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Venezuelan National Assembly Discusses Combating Media Terrorism

Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz (VTV)
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."

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Venezuela: Socialism for the 21st Century

In 1998, Hugo Chávez was elected President of Venezuela. He spoke strongly and acted against savage neoliberalism in his electoral campaign and after taking power but socialism was not a part of his vocabulary or program for his first few years in office. Since late 2004, he has been increasingly calling for Socialism for the 21st Century in Venezuela, and speaking out against capitalism and imperialism.

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Venezuelan Government Arrests Suspect in Attack on Globovision Television Station

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.

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Venezuela to Transfer Private Media Concessions to Community Media

National Association of Free and Alternative Community Media call for airwaves to be handed to the people (ANMCLA)
The 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.

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Venezuela Passes New Electoral Law

National Assembly deputies voted to pass the new electoral process law (ABN).
The new Electoral Processes Law approved by the National Assembly on Friday night, with 203 articles, includes both list-based and single candidate voting, makes every voter eligible for staffing voting booths, details fines for a range of electoral crimes, and creates new electoral districts.

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Venezuela to Provide Children with 50,000 Mini Laptops

This week the Venezuelan Education Ministry began its program, dubbed Project Canaima, to provide primary schools with mini laptops, and incorporate the technology into the education system.

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Venezuela Increases Funding of Communal Councils and Communes

On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that BsF 100 million ($US 40 million) will be added to the budget of the youth organisation Francisco de Miranda Front (FFS) to help organize the community councils into communes over the second half of this year.

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Legislators Denounce Separatism and Paramilitarism in Venezuelan Border State

Governor of Táchira, César Pérez Vivas (YVKE)
The vice president of the legislative council in Táchira state, Jonathan García, denounced a campaign by Táchira Governor César Pérez Vivas (an opponent of President Hugo Chávez), together with other rightwing sectors, to promote a separatist movement in the Venezuelan state, which borders Colombia.

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The Venezuelan Coup Revisited: Silencing the Evidence

Now a book-length treatment of the April 2002 coup against Chavez is available: Brian Nelson's The Silence and the Scorpion. It is a shame that a progressive publisher like Nation Books would publish such a one-sided account of the coup against Chávez and thereby contribute to the already overwhelming media meme that Chávez and his supporters are violent brutes.

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Venezuelan Media Workers March, New National Paper Announced

Marchers celebrate Day of the Journalist in Caracas (ABN)
On 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.

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