No surprise here. Chavez now has the power to REALLY do as he wants. Of course he claims it is all for the good of the people.
Chavez said he needed the powers to deal with flooding that drove nearly 140,000 people from their homes.
But of course there are side benefits for Chavez: He doesn’t have to put up with that pesky growing opposition.
And media groups in and out of Venezuela are up in arms over it.
- Journalism advocates lash out at Chavez moves – CNN
- Venezuela assembly gives Chavez decree powers – Reuters
- Venezuela: Lawmakers Give Chávez Decree Powers – New York Times
The move comes while the same lame-duck legislature looks at laws that will encode censorship and government control of all forms of media from print to broadcast to the Internet.
- Chavez moves on media in year-end legislation
- Venezuela seeks to regulate Internet with media bill – CPJ