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Monday, May 28, 2007

Chavez "Fairness Doctrine" Leads To Demonstrations

Venezulea has been rocked with demonstrations against the despotic regime of Hugo Chavez, with the "people's president" using tanks and water cannons against his people.

Free speech and freedom of the press are the triggering issues of the demonstrations, which started when the nation's oldest broadcast outlet, RCTV, was forced to close after Chavez refused to renew its broadcast licence. (Dem supporters of the Fairness Doctrine, are you tracking this?)

BBC reports:
Within seconds of screens going blank, the insignia of a new state-sponsored broadcaster, TVES, appeared.

Mr Chavez said RCTV had tried to undermine his government.

The president says the new channel that took RCTV's place at midnight on Sunday (0400 GMT Monday) will better reflect the socialist revolution he has pledged to lead.
(Nancy Pelosi and Dennis Kucinich, are you finding this interesting?)

The blog The Devil's Excrement (hat-tip, Gateway Pundit, which has several more good links) gives a blow-by-blow of the day's events, including:
Then the Minister of Defense going into a military parade comes in and says that "minority groups can not go against the majority feeling of the Venezuelan people to create uncertainty with the closure of RCTV, as if there was a majority support to the decision, which is in any case a legal decision and not one to be decided by popularity,["] but in any case, all indications are the illegal and political decision is highly unpopular, contradicting the Minister's words.

Meanwhile, as people begin checking the newssites on the Internet, Noticiero Digital, Megaresistencia and RCTV websites are taken down by denial of service attacks, the effects of which are still being felt hours later. This is compounded by problems with the CANTV network which take down some other news sites in what may be unrelated to the denial of serivce attacks, since all the others are hosted abroad.

Then the autocrat/dictator himself shows up at the military parade, the main focus of which is the new Russian planes. I had little tie to listen (or interest) to the speech, but what little I heard may have been Chavez at his nuttiest . While I will wait to have the transcript, the intimidation was there, dressed in military garb (which is illegal since he is not active), the President told his supporters not to worry that "his" new planes (on the right above) are flown by experts and carry bombs which these experts can drop with pinpoint accuracy on their targets. (Us?).

And then, as if this were not enough evidence and proof of how we have lost our rights and freedom in this country, the Constitutional Hall of the Supreme Court decides to "protect" the diffuse rights of the "people", the same rights that it refused to protect in allowing the shutdown of RCTV, and essentially allows the Government not only to shutdown the network, but to take over the equipment rightfully owned by the owners of RCTV, all in the name of the "Law". Gimme a f... break! This is a simple and direct confiscation of the enemy's property, which goes beyond anything ever seen so far in the Chavez Dictatorship, as usual under the guise of "legality".
Let's see, a regime that's hungry for power and frightfully afraid of any opposition on public airwaves revokes broadcast licenses of outlets that aren't "fair." One more time: that sounds just like the thinking behind the Fairness Doctrine, doesn't it?

hat-tip: Memeorandum

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