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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.