Chavez moves on media in year-end legislation

Despite criticisms from the opposition forces and international human rights organizations, the Venezuelan legislature is ready to enact laws that will severely limit freedom of press and expression in Venezuela.

One provision will limit the the scope of cable broadcasts to two cities.

This move is seen as a way to effectively close down Globovision, which has run stories and commentaries critical of the Hugo Chavez government.

A separate so-called reform seeks will regulate the Internet to prohibit content that “attacks good customs,” “disrespects” public officials or incites violence against the president.

The changes to the Internet law will force all Internet traffic through on portal. Supporters say this will make Venezuelan Internet more efficient. Opponents say it will make censorship easier.

No one is really surprised that Chavez is tightening his grip on the last vestiges of freedom of press and expression are they?

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  1. Pingback: Venezuela tightens laws against free media | Journalism, Journalists and the World

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