Sunday, May 27, 2007

This Will Make Some Folks Salivate

From the BBC: Caracas rallies over TV closure

Supporters and critics of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are rallying in Caracas, hours ahead of the closure of an opposition-aligned TV station.

Mr Chavez refused to renew Radio Caracas TV's (RCTV) licence, saying it had tried to undermine his government.

RCTV and rights groups say Mr Chavez is limiting freedom of expression.

Employees of RCTV, Venezuela's most watched channel, embraced and chanted "freedom" as they prepared for a final night of programmes.

Some employees were vowing to occupy the station studios overnight, possibly to hinder the government takeover, the AFP news agency reported.

Thousands of supporters of the station took to the streets, banging pots and pans to show their anger at the decision.

Pro-Chavez supporters held a party outside the ministry of communication, celebrating the end of the station's national reach.

This scenario gives many of the left in this country sweaty palms and heart palpitations as they gleefully imagine doing the same to Fox News.

Not that they don't believe in freedom of the press mind you. They support the freedom of the press....just not for everyone.

1 comment:

C Stanley said...

Or, stated another way: All media corporations are equal, but some are more equal than others.