Once again the government of Hugo Chavez is showing how much it despises any form of criticism. (Anti-Chavez TV channel dropped in Venezuela)
Of course what it considers criticism is anything that is not in 100 percent lockstep with Chavez’s views.
So RCTV did not broadcast the entirety of a Chavez speech or run the national anthem. I guess that is enough to violate the law and be unpatriotic at the same time.
I can think of several U.S. conservatives who would love to have an “air the national anthem” requirement in the U.S. broadcast laws. And (right now) just as many liberals who would love to have a “run all the president’s speeches” requirement.
Fortunately we have the First Amendment and people willing to stand up and defend it.