Chavez steps up campaign against free press

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.

BBCHuman Rights Watch attacks ‘abuse of power’ in Venezuela

HRWTightening 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.

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.

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