Last anti-Chavez TV station faces probe, shutdown. Government uses language similar to that used by Great Britain when banning Michael Savage.
Communist dictator in waiting Hugo Chavez is preparing to shut down the last TV station that opposes his rule. Full story here. The Venezuelan government claims that the station incites “panic and anxiety” by criticizing the government.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – When Venezuelans tune to Globovision, they see protests against faulty public services or a talk show guest saying Hugo Chavez could be executed by his opponents, just like Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Now Chavez seems to be gearing up for a final showdown with Globovision, Venezuela’s only remaining opposition television station on the open airwaves.
Broadcast regulators are investigating the all-news channel for inciting “panic and anxiety” during a minor earthquake when it criticized the government for slow response.
“We’ve been subject to dozens of investigations, but this one is undoubtedly the most absurd,” said station director Alberto Federico Ravell, a bespectacled, tough-talking man who relishes poking fun at the president.
Chavez has called Ravell “a crazy man with a cannon.”
“There is a crazy man with a cannon in Venezuela, but it’s not me,” Ravell quipped in response.
This comes just one week after Great Britain banned radio host Michael Savage for making statements that their leftist government doesn’t like:
“…considered to be engaging in unacceptable behavior by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence.”
“The allegations in the Press Release constitute serious and damaging allegations which are actionable under English law,” declares the complaint from Olswang LLP, a leading London firm.
Are these two moves just more of the international left using their government power to squash free speech? Is this more “Shut Up” on a small scale or something else? It is odd that similar moves are being made to silence opposing speech by media outlets in the same week.