Venezuela: Libertad de Expresion en Peligro


Noticias 41 traveled to Caracas to witness the current state of freedom of speech… Exclusive declarations from one of the most respectful journalist in the country… …who recently was threatened by Chavez’s regime… An exclusive from Noticias 41… tonight at 10, America Teve, next to you! [Freedom of expression: endangered] That Hugo Chavez tries to silence the independent media, it’s not new… What’s worrying is that the few that are left are becoming more censured and threatened… In his special report: “freedom of speech in danger,” Andres Brender gives us the latest… I love the press… Here, there’s no real information about anything… I love mass communication… The controls of the media… I love freedom of speech… You’re being threatened all the time… One thing is what you say, another is what you do… The truth is that freedom of expression in Venezuela is threaten… And this was demonstrated with the closure of Radio Caracas Television… But is it really threaten? Noticias 41 traveled to Caracas and interviwed one of the most respected and trusted journalist… Nelson Bocaranda… The use the excuse that you are allowed to talk, you can tell, but you have the sword of Damocles on your back… Chavez hasn’t hidden his wish of establishing a hegemonic media… Cuba is the guiding light for Chavez, his inspiration… In fact, the failed constitutional reform that Chavez proposed was inspired in the Cuban revolution and the Cuban project… …in which at the same time is a copy of Stalin’s constitution… That is why Chavez created the “Responsibility Law for Radio and Television,” or how the opposition calls it “anti-speech law” In that way, allowing him to eliminate the independent media in Venezuela… and of course, establish his hegemony in the media… …like the one in Cuba… You make three mistakes in five years, like not giving the exact time, not playing the national anthem on time… …failing to identify the name of the interviewee… …or failing to indicate the time when the interview was recorded-if it is prerecorded… Three mistakes that you commit in five years, they take your license… “Take your media and put it in your…. pocket!” After several decades of having opinion shows in Venevision, Nelson was also censored… But he tells me, this is not related to a possible political affiliation that Cisneros, the owner, could have with Chavez… …but instead, to the fear Chavez has unleashed… Liar, manipulator… Liar, manipulator… Liar, manipulator… These ones from Globovision, they don’t have shame… Venvision, same as with other channels… if you don’t find fear… there’s a lot self precaution… …to not make mistakes, as they can punish you… “There is not going to be a new concession for that TV channel, coup participant, that was called Radio Caracas Television…” A few days after our visit to Caracas, Nelson accused the government, specifically oil and energy minister… …and president of PDVSA, Rafael Ramirez of: “Any personal damage, kidnap attempt or ‘accidents’… …that could happen to me or my family by the supra police gang that Rafael Ramirez directs…” Despite the fear, they are still optimistic… I am optimistic, we have faith in getting over this… this can’t last for 100 years… this is not Cuba… The difference with Cuba or Russia in the Communist era, we still have independent media, not only the government’s voice… For Noticias 41, Andres Brender




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