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President of Venezuela's RCTV Network: "The Rule of Law is Disappearing in Venezuela" (Translation)
El Mercurio ( Santiago, Chile ) ^ | February 5, 2007 | Marcel Granier ( translated by self )

Posted on 02/06/2007 2:08:51 PM PST by StJacques

The rule of law is disappearing in Venezuela

Marcel Granier, President of Radio Caracas Television (Inter-American Press Agency)

The reaction of President Chavez is verbally violent and crude each time someone dares to have a different opinion.

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President Chavez verbally announced his decision to close Radio Caracas Television, a channel which for more than 53 years and with the best facilities draws the greater audience, moreover of being the television broadcaster that employs the most people in Venezuela. Thus culminates a long chain of aggressions against journalists, employees, managers, and shareholders of the independent media. He is trying to limit the right to entertainment which Venezuelans like and to information they trust, impeding citizens who formulate proposals, denunciations, and demands, eliminating the pluralism of information and opinion programs, making the free flow of thought and information impossible in order to obtain a system which the government itself defines as the "communicational and informative hegemony of the state."

The 14th of July, 2006, President Chavez, dressed in a military uniform, gave a speech on the delivery of Kalashnivkov AK-103 assault rifles. Taking a rifle and pointing at a television cameraman he warned: "With this rifle, which has a range of a thousand meters, you (the cameraman) stop yourself there above and I, with good aim, give it to the little red light that your camera has." Later he announced: "It is necessary to review the television broadcaster licenses."

Other government functionaries would repeat the threats, while they praised the media that had changed its editorial line: "There are qualitative changes in the programming ... there are other cases in which that change is not observed, that rectification," remembering that the government "has the ability not to renew a license."

The 3rd of November, 2006, the President repeated his threat: "I only remember those ... who next year ... it's hardly surprising what I'm saying ... there will not be more licensing of some television channels ..."

The 28th of December, the President, again in military dress, announced that RCTV's license would not be renewed. "The measure is already drawn up, so they're going to turn off the equipment ... the license expires in March." Two weeks later, in the National Assembly, he affirmed that the RCTV license ends in May, 2007. The same contradiction over the date exists in declarations of other government functionaries.

President Chavez later began a defamation campaign against RCTV and its directors, through notices paid for with public funds.

The 13th of January, in his annual message to the National Assembly, he changed his speech anew and affirmed: "That broadcast signal belongs to the Venezuelans and it will be nationalized for the Venezuelans ... RCTV has a few days left ... they're squealing, they're stamping their feet; whatever they're doing; the license has ended."

At RCTV we had not been officially informed of anything upon which they based themselves nor of what they accused us of doing. They thus violated the presumption of innocence, there was no due process nor did the right to defense exist.

Such actions transgress norms expressed in the Constitution of Venezuela, the American Convention on Human Rights and the Interamerican Democratic Charter. They are political pressures against independent communications media, a clear example of abuse of power and a pretended legal justification never proved. Thus violated are the right to work in this media, the principle of political pluralism and, of course; the freedom of thought, expression, and information of the millions of citizens who will lose the freedom to look for and to receive information and ideas of every nature guaranteed by the American Convention on Human Rights.

A convincing proof of all this was the statement of January 8 of Andres Izarra, President of Telesur and ex Minister of Communication: "It is necessary to elaborate a new plan ... towards the communicational and informative hegemony of the state."

A growing number of union and human rights organizations are warning about the RCTV case: Human Rights Watch, Committee to Protect Journalists, Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, International Association of Radio Broadcasters, International Press Institute, Reporters without Borders, Interamerican Press Society, and others. But the reaction of President Chavez is verbally violent and crude each time someone dares to have a different opinion. He says and repeats that the decision was taken: "RCTV has a few days left ... they're squealing, they're stamping their feet; whatever they're doing, it's over ..."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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For those of you who may not know, Marcel Granier is forced to circulate his statement outside of the Venezuelan media, which is being seriously intimidated at the moment. Chavez's is closing Radio Caracas TV (RCTV), Venezuela's largest network by far, because he intends to take over the station himself so that he can command their audience and, much more importantly for Chavez, silence the criticism of his tenure that has surfaced within the news and news analysis programming on RCTV. Garnier's inability to release this statement in Venezuela is why you are finding it on the Chilean El Mercurio newspaper web site.

I have been particularly amazed over time at just how little the leftist spokespersons for Hugo Chavez really do know about the facts on the ground in Venezuela today. I keep hearing that "he was elected in fair elections" (they weren't), "the Venezuelan people love him" (he has supporters but half the country sees Chavez as an authoritarian and fears him), and "Hugo Chavez has supported free speech, you do not see any supression of the news media in Venezuela."

We're dealing with the last of those three lies here today. And this is not the first time. We discussed Chavez's threats against private television stations during the campaign. We also pointed out that the Inter-American Press Association singled out Chavez's Venezuela for its assault on press freedoms, saying Venezuela was "going the way of Cuba." Chavez's assault on the most basic freedom of all has been underway in Venezuela for some time now.

I think Garnier's statement speaks for itself. But the next time you find some leftie out on the web asserting the IndyMedia line that Chavez has permitted a free press, start them off right here.
1 posted on 02/06/2007 2:08:55 PM PST by StJacques
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To: Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; Founding Father; Kitten Festival; chilepepper; Fiddlstix; ...
A Latin American Left Watch ping for you all.

Anyone wishing to be included on the ping list may either ping me from this thread or contact me via Freepmail.
2 posted on 02/06/2007 2:09:39 PM PST by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: StJacques

"a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same object" - c'mon, Venezolanos, put your blood where your machismo is! Lots of words by the Venezuelan rabiblancos, but no real action. It's a marvelous country with a great history, which Chavez is stealing.

Colegio Internacional de Caracas Alumnus


3 posted on 02/06/2007 2:15:02 PM PST by jagusafr (The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not")
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To: StJacques

Any chance that we're setting up a very powerful broadcast in Aruba or Internation Waters to give information (and fuel dissent) to the public? I bet the odds are good we already have something similar using radio waves for broadcasts to Venezuela.


4 posted on 02/06/2007 2:17:25 PM PST by samson1097
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To: StJacques

So sad to see such a promising country be devoured by the same type of people the left love. Has Cindy Sheehan been down there lately?


5 posted on 02/06/2007 2:18:04 PM PST by flynmudd (Proud Navy Mom to OSSA Blalock-DDG 61)
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To: StJacques

How long would Hugo last if the price of oil were to head down steadily for a long time?


6 posted on 02/06/2007 2:20:14 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: StJacques

It is only the beginning...


7 posted on 02/06/2007 2:22:53 PM PST by DB
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To: samson1097
I have little doubt that we are able to get both radio and tv broadcasts to everyone with a satellite receiver in Venezuela. According to Alek Boyd at VCrisis.com -- I read this a while back so it's not on the homepage anymore -- Venezuela is covered with satellite dishes and their receipt of international broadcasts is easily enabled. And that is for television broadcasts, for radio the accessibility is far wider.

Of course, I suppose we can expect Hugo to undertake a census of his country soon, especially looking to record who has satellite dishes. Mark my words! If he keeps on going this one is in the cards.
8 posted on 02/06/2007 2:23:50 PM PST by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: StJacques

Just think of it as the Venezuelan version of the Fairness Doctrine.


9 posted on 02/06/2007 2:25:00 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Samoans: The (low) wage slaves in the Pelosi-Starkist complex.)
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To: flynmudd
So sad to see such a promising country be devoured by the same type of people the left love. Has Cindy Sheehan been down there lately?

The evil b*tch is down there every few months. I'd post of picture of her and El Presidente for Life lip-lock soul kissing but it is dinner time.


10 posted on 02/06/2007 2:35:04 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: KarlInOhio

Bingo! Chavez is just imposing the "Fairness Doctrine"!


11 posted on 02/06/2007 2:37:17 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: StJacques

12 posted on 02/06/2007 2:37:37 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: StJacques
I have little doubt that we are able to get both radio and tv broadcasts to everyone with a satellite receiver in Venezuela.
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It's a simple matter to outlaw satellite dishes. The Iranian mullahs did it recently. There were pictures posted on Free Republic showing scenes of multiple smashed dishes. This will happen soon enough in Venezuela. It's not like the dishes can be hidden.

The Venezuelan people have allowed their freedom to be taken away. Hopefully they will not have to endure this tyrant as long as the Cuban people have had to endure theirs.

Meanwhile in this country the plans to silence conservative radio commentators move forward.
13 posted on 02/06/2007 2:42:38 PM PST by Cheburashka ( World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: flynmudd

Have you noticed the complete SILENCE OF THE LEFT on what Chavez is doing in Venezuela (other than laudatory articles in ISO Magazine, WWP, etc).?

Also, the silence of most Democrats in Congress is deafening. How about people contacting their representatives and asking them (in writing), whether they are concerned about this Castro-junior.?


14 posted on 02/06/2007 2:45:28 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper (Madmax, the Grinning Reaper)
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To: flynmudd

Hillary's kind of guy.


15 posted on 02/06/2007 2:54:00 PM PST by unkus
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To: Max Friedman
"Have you noticed the complete SILENCE OF THE LEFT on what Chavez is doing in Venezuela . . . ?"

Have you noticed the near complete silence of the media on what Chavez is doing?

I won't bother asking if you're surprised.
16 posted on 02/06/2007 2:57:19 PM PST by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: StJacques

The leftist apologists don't care that he's shutting down RCTV, because they accuse it of sedition against the government, and thus it deserves to be shut down:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2007/01/venezuelas-rctv-acts-of-sedition.html


17 posted on 02/06/2007 2:57:32 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: StJacques
Taking a rifle and pointing at a television cameraman he warned: "With this rifle, which has a range of a thousand meters, you (the cameraman) stop yourself there above and I, with good aim, give it to the little red light that your camera has."

And this is the dangerous lunatic that the left is fawning over.
18 posted on 02/06/2007 3:01:13 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Every time a jihadist dies, an angel gets its wings.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

19 posted on 02/06/2007 3:09:13 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel
From that awful blog ...

Did you notice that this guy didn't do anything in the way of citing sources for his story? And I can tell you that the story he presents is woefully-flawed, but I do not think it worth my time to try to answer a guy like that.

And then there's this:

". . . It's also a testimony to Hugo Chavez and how the country has prospered under him benefitting everyone . . ."

The evidence supporting the proposition that Chavez's tenure in government has been a complete disaster for the Venezuelan economy in almost every respect is overwhelming. Their oil industry is in near chaos, the plight of the urban poor has worsened in many areas, there's an outflight of human capital, an outflight of investment capital (disinvestment), violent crime is the worst it's ever been in Venezuela -- their murder rate is the highest in the hemisphere, and public corruption runs amuck. See VCrisis.com for a wealth of information, which cites sources as it is presented, unlike this leftie liar's exposition.
20 posted on 02/06/2007 3:12:48 PM PST by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: flynmudd

"Has Cindy Sheehan been down there lately?"

It's been about a year. As I'm sure will suprise nobody here, the peacehag really likes the murderous thug and dictator: http://www.cindysheehanwatch.com/chavez.html


21 posted on 02/06/2007 3:13:33 PM PST by piytar
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To: mvpel
The leftist apologists don't care that he's shutting down RCTV, because they accuse it of sedition against the government, and thus it deserves to be shut down:

The exact same fecal deposits who enabled Stalin, Castro, Mugabe and every other thug of the last 75 years.

22 posted on 02/06/2007 3:50:46 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: FormerACLUmember

Sounds like Saddam to me. Hopefully he will meet the same fate at the end of a rope.


23 posted on 02/06/2007 4:01:25 PM PST by flynmudd (Proud Navy Mom to OSSA Blalock-DDG 61)
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To: StJacques
The 14th of July, 2006, President Chavez, dressed in a military uniform, gave a speech on the delivery of Kalashnivkov AK-103 assault rifles. Taking a rifle and pointing at a television cameraman he warned: "With this rifle, which has a range of a thousand meters, you (the cameraman) stop yourself there above and I, with good aim, give it to the little red light that your camera has."

I'm quite sure that ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc have a good reason why they havent shown us that. /sarcasm

24 posted on 02/06/2007 4:08:31 PM PST by lowbridge ("The mainstream media IS the Democrat Party". - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: mvpel

Where's a smart bomb when you need one?


25 posted on 02/06/2007 4:21:43 PM PST by Levante
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To: Max Friedman
"Have you noticed the complete SILENCE OF THE LEFT on what Chavez is doing in Venezuela"

Is there anyone here who doubts that the left in this country is drooling in envy at what Chavez is doing? Does anyone not believe that the left would do the same thing here if it could get away with it? We see now that the left protects free speech until its in power; then it doesn't protect it anymore. The same could be said about many other rights. The left's political arguments are the means to an end. The principles upon which its arguments are based are not important in their scheme of things. All the left's political efforts are aimed at obstruction of what is not in its agenda. However, the left won't divulge its true agenda. Just as Chevez knew what he was doing, he never mentioned his agenda until it was too late for any party to stop him.
26 posted on 02/06/2007 4:23:29 PM PST by raftguide
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To: StJacques
"President Chavez is verbally violent and crude each time someone dares to have a different opinion"

He could get a gig at Err America.

27 posted on 02/06/2007 4:29:48 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: StJacques

Hmmmmmmm....is there any way we can get the western media to pay attention to this....??

Hey, I know! Send Cindy, Harry, Jimmuh and other assorted leftists down for a hug-fest photo op!


28 posted on 02/06/2007 4:35:58 PM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: StJacques
Taking a rifle and pointing at a television cameraman he [Chavez] warned: "With this rifle, which has a range of a thousand meters, you (the cameraman) stop yourself there above and I, with good aim, give it to the little red light that your camera has." Later he announced: "It is necessary to review the television broadcaster licenses."
29 posted on 02/06/2007 4:48:14 PM PST by Alia
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To: StJacques
I think the statement you usually get from the DUmmie Chavistas about RCTV runs something like - RCTV has called for armed insurrection against the elected Venezuelan government in the past, so Chavez has every right to shut it down.
30 posted on 02/06/2007 5:01:04 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: StJacques

Thanks...


31 posted on 02/06/2007 5:04:41 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: samson1097

Pelosi and Kennedy would never allow such a provocative act against a peace-loving, socialist dict...er...democracy!


32 posted on 02/06/2007 5:25:33 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Heaven is home...I am just TDY here!)
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To: piytar

"Has Cindy Sheehan been down there lately?"

Oh yea...she's been down there...


33 posted on 02/06/2007 5:28:46 PM PST by maxsand
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To: raftguide
". . . The left's political arguments are the means to an end. The principles upon which its arguments are based are not important in their scheme of things. All the left's political efforts are aimed at obstruction of what is not in its agenda. . . ."

Precisely!

I have always noticed how there is a sub-culture of symbolic communication among the left in which they silently express their real intentions to each other. In Latin America they promise "to establish a genuine system of information in the name of the people, not the powerful," which is code for "we're going to make sure that everyone sees what we want them to see and nothing more." I saw how Lopez Obrador made the promise in Mexico speaking outside the supreme electoral tribunal (TEPJF) when he said that "the people are not hearing the truth, we're going to reform institutions so that the people hear the truth and know the truth." What he was really saying is "once we get in we're going to make our story becomes the only one that MUST be told."

The left represent the continuing predeliction among human beings to enslave their fellow man so as to control their ideas. They've never been anything more than that since the dawn of the twentieth century, if not earlier.
34 posted on 02/06/2007 5:53:57 PM PST by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: StJacques

Why would anyone buy gas from Citgo? Why?? I have not bought gas from any Citgo station in nearly a year. I know it is not the station owners fault, but they need to find another business. Citgo needs to be put out of business in this nation. I don't care if the rest of the world buys this dictators gas, we should not. And people that work at Citgo stations should try to find a job elsewhere. It doesn't matter whether it makes a dent in their overall business or not, that isn't the issue.


35 posted on 02/06/2007 6:04:54 PM PST by freemike
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To: StJacques
Fidel Castro nationalized all the media shortly after taking power in 1959. Those who quash freedom of the press are not lovers of liberty. They are the forerunners of absolute despotism. And Venezuela is fast sinking into one man autocracy.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

36 posted on 02/06/2007 9:36:29 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: mvpel
The Left is not for freedom - its chief value is championing equality. Which of course can be attained only at the expense of freedom. In this they are completely sincere. Its time we listened to them.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

37 posted on 02/06/2007 9:45:49 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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