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    Default Venezuela court orders troops to take TV station

    Venezuela court orders troops to take TV station
    Saturday, May 26th, 2007

    Venezuela’s top court yesteday ordered the Defence Ministry to take control of installations of an opposition television station amid a show of military force before the station’s controversial closure. President Hugo Chávez’s decision to close the RCTV television channel, which he accuses of backing a 2002 coup against him, has prompted international condemnation and several demonstrations.

    Venezuela’s Supreme Court ordered the military to “guard, control and monitor” some of the station’s installations and equipment including transmission equipment and antennas throughout the country. An RCTV source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said staff at the station believed troops would take over the station’s Caracas headquarters.

    The court determined that the government must take RCTV’s broadcast equipment to ensure a smooth handover to a state channel that will replace RCTV with broadcasts promoting the values of Chavez’s socialist revolution. A Defence Ministry official said he had not seen the court decision. An RCTV lawyer declined to comment on the issue.

    The government has repeatedly warned that opposition demonstrators are preparing a “destabilization campaign” to spark street violence as RCTV loses its license. “Minority groups cannot go against the will of the majority of the Venezuelan people to create uncertainty in the case of RCTV’s license,” Defence Minister Raul Baduel told state news agency ABN.

    (Source: Reuters)

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    Wink gloria al bravo pueblo

    Viva Chávez, el MVR y el PSUV.

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    Default Venezuela: Why RCTV’s licence has not been renewed

    Venezuela: Why RCTV’s licence has not been renewed
    Sunday, May 27th, 2007

    There are often two or more sides to a story. Someone emailed me to say that he thought the international news agencies were giving a one-sided picture of the reasons for the “closedown” of Venezuelan TV station RCTV, which is due to make its final broadcast tonight.

    In fact, the station does not have to close down completely, only surrender its terrestrial frequencies. The Venezuelan government says RCTV has the option of continuing to broadcast on cable or satellite. We have not seen any indication that it intends to exercise this right.



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