Human Rights Watch issued a new report that highlights the abuse of power by the Venezuelan president President Hugo Chavez during the past four years.
HRW: Tightening the Grip
This is hardly news to anyone paying attention to what has been going on in Venezuela.
Chavez has pushed legislation through his rubber-stamp parliament that limits free speech and gives the government free reign to censor and intimidate critics.
- Freedom House rates Venezuela’s Internet as Partly Free and its media as Not Free.
- The Committee to Protect Journalists notes that Venezuelan media is being forced to be nothing but a propaganda tool for the government.
- Reporters Without Borders has a long list of infractions by the Chavez government against free and independent media.
And in case anyone is wondering why paying attention to basic liberties or the general political situation in Venezuela is important, about 6% of the oil the U.S. imports comes from Venezuela.