Skip to comments.Venezuela threatens to expel CNN over protest coverage
Posted on 02/21/2014 3:52:31 AM PST by EBH
A spokeswoman for the US network, only available on cable in Venezuela, told the BBC it did not have any immediate comments about Mr Maduro's comments.
Last week, the government removed Colombian TV news channel NTN24 from channels offered by Venezuelan cable operators.
The government has been highly critical of international media coverage, while protesters say they are concerned with a lack of media freedom, says the BBC's correspondent in Caracas, Irene Caselli.
Mr Maduro also ordered the expulsion of three US diplomats this week.
US President Barack Obama said the Venezuelan government should address "legitimate grievances" of the country instead of "making up false accusations" against US officials.
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0bama's response is quite weak.
Obviously, Obama is not a champion of freedom anywhere.
Venezuela expels three U.S. diplomats, protests rumble
(Reuters) - Venezuela gave three U.S. diplomats 48 hours to leave the country on Monday, accusing them of conspiring against the government to incite protests that were the OPEC nation’s most serious violence since President Nicolas Maduro’s April election.
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said the three consular staff used visa visits to universities as cover for promoting student-lead protests.
The demonstrations, which have energized the opposition but show few signs they can oust Maduro, continued on Monday with rowdy protests around Caracas and various provincial cities. On Wednesday, the protests turned deadly and three people were fatally shot.
“They have been visiting universities with the pretext of granting visas,” said Jaua, who often faced off against police during his own days as a student demonstrator.
“But that is a cover for making contacts with (student) leaders to offer them training and financing to create youth groups that generate violence,” he told reporters.
What kind of response are you looking for?
Based on Baghdad Peter Arnett’s precedent, I’m sure that CNN will work with the Venezuelan government to accommodate its censorship wishes.
Excellent point, Timber Rattler.
They’re not ‘BFF’ any more?
Unbelievably, the Guardian newspaper has been covering this very well - shame on American newspapers and media!
People are going hungry. Long lines for sugar, margarine, toilet paper. Government forces killing people in apartment complexes for no reason and other dreadful atrocities.
Meanwhile, Guardian commenters blame the CIA for the margarine shortages. You can’t fix stupid!
Obama must have sent his “media monitors” down to help out Maduro.
We're largely dependent on a mere handful of intrepid bloggers for any depth of significant reporting. These are not impressed with CNN Latin America or the BBC, though they are grateful the former is carrying the story at all though a worsening crackdown and push-back are things even they can't ignore.
This revolt is in a class by itself, because of the economic meltdown, the presence of the Cubans, now arriving by the planeload, and a variety of other factors.
One good place to begin, is Caracas Chronicles.
Another is Caracas Gringo.
On a serious note, some Guardian leftwingers were apologizing for the stupid remarks about the CIA being responsible for the situation there when it's quite clear that evil Marxists have destroyed that state. That was equally shocking to me!
I'm sure Mr. Penn has moved on to other nascent utopias...