Chavez Moves To Close Down Privately Owned TV Stations For “Subversive Activities”

No Doubt, Deputy PM “Mama Mia” Mottley & The Barbados Labour Party Are Applauding And Thinking “Yeah, Wish We Could Do That!”

I can just hear Mama Mia squealing with delight, clapping her hands together and jumping up and down at the news that her good friend Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez intends to close down independent TV stations for opposing him…

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez backed the possibility of holding a national referendum, if he’s re-elected, on whether to shut down private television stations that he has accused of subversive activities.

Chavez’s comments late Thursday came amid rising tensions between the government and the country’s largely opposition-aligned private media ahead of Sunday’s vote.

Chavez was asked in a televised interview if he would consider asking the nation whether the government should block certain channels from renewing their broadcast licenses next year. (Watch Chavez land a nod as Time magazine’s Person of the Year Video)

“That is perfectly possible,” Chavez said. “It’s perfectly possible that the country gives its opinion, including for how long.”

Chavez also said he regretted not having shut down the country’s major private broadcasters right after a short-lived 2002 coup against him, citing four in particular: Globovision, Venevision, RCTV and Televen..

… continue reading the article at CNN.com link here.

Venezuelan Government Prohibits TV Network Transmission On Election Night

When the government shuts down news broadcasts on election night, you know the whole thing stinks. Never mind that Venezuela has lost it’s battle… Better keep fighting for the right to free speech on Barbados, because the BLP has already declared they favour state control of blogs and talk shows.

Welcome to Big Brother – Venezuelan style, with a hint of Bajan flavour thrown in…

CARACAS, Venezuela — Officials identifying themselves as members of a state regulatory agency forced the U.S.-based Spanish-language TV network Telemundo to halt transmission Sunday of its presidential election coverage…

… At least six people who identified themselves as members of the National Commission of Telecommunications (CONATEL), which regulates electronic media in Venezuela, arrived Sunday afternoon at the hotel from which Telemundo had been transmitting since Friday, said Iacub.

The officials said the network needed permission to transmit and lacking such could not, he said. Iacub said he was unaware of such a requirement but that the Telemundo journalists were accredited with Venezuela’s national elections council.

Iacub said the Telemundo team asked how they could obtain permission and, after an hour, were told that they would not be able to transmit…

… Telemundo Communications Group is owned by NBC Universal Inc., which is controlled by General Electric Co. It claims to reach about 93 percent of Hispanic households in the U.S. and also has viewers in Mexico.

Read the entire article at the Houston Chronicle link here.

Previous Barbados Free Press Article:

BLP Blog Endorses Censorship Of Blogs, Call-In Programmes

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9 responses to “Chavez Moves To Close Down Privately Owned TV Stations For “Subversive Activities”

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  2. I am concerned too. I was amaze that there wasn’t much concern express on this in the establish media houses in Barbados, equally there wasn’t much discussion on the Talk programs either. Are people not concern about this?

    Mia Mottley is dangerous for Barbados I hope that those who in the late nineties took Simmonds DLP contestant for St.James south to task for his views on this woman can reflect and see for themselves how correct he was then. I can’t imagine even now that he is on the same political fence as she that he has change his core conviction of her. How could he? it is so obvious.

  3. Velzo

    All Symmonds said was that she was 10,000 pounds of blubber. But now she is Deputy Prime Minister and the one to suceed Owen Arthur as he said and positioned her after the last election. What point is Adrian trying to make? That Mia isnt a Bee and/or we should shut our eyes to the portent of her leadership of this country as Owen’s successor?

    Give us a break. The brains behind the BLP – Adrian’s great party – election wins have been Mia’s and her team’s. Owen has said so time and time again. And the future of the BLP – Adrian’s beloved party – lies with her … and her policies.

    With the BLP, you get Owen and Mia. No matter how you try to spin it, Adrian.

  4. Oh he said much more than than.

    http://labourparty.wordpress.com/2006/07/20/questions-for-thompson/#comment-243

    You lapped it up calling me a boss, and that i am right on 😀
    http://labourparty.wordpress.com/2006/07/20/questions-for-thompson/#comment-244

    …..This is proof of your inconsistentcy. 😀 partisan political hack/yardfollw that you are. 😀

  5. Velzo
    December 4th, 2006 at 3:50 pm
    But now she is Deputy Prime Minister and the one to suceed Owen Arthur as he said and positioned her after the last election. What point is Adrian trying to make? That Mia isnt a Bee and/or we should shut our eyes to the portent of her leadership of this country as Owen’s successor?
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    With the BLP, you get Owen and Mia. No matter how you try to spin it, Adrian.
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    Velzo
    December 4th, 2006 at 2:21 pm
    He’s tired… and sick. But the reason for all of this is to get at Mia. Simple.

    Who do you think all of these ladies (?) – recently retired or beheaded – at CBC support?
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    What do you really believe Velzo? These two statements of yours definetly show consistentcy—- not yours but mines in consistently referring to you as a very consistent political hack/yardfowl. 😀 The politcal hunger that you are experiencing leads to dreams of the fatted calf slaughtered prepared for feasting. 😀

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  7. i and i

    chavez, castro. y can’t we have something on the severe erosion of civil liberties under the bush and blair administrations? or doesnt that fit into bfp’s narrow agenda?

  8. Keltruth Corp.

    i and i,
    You are joking right?
    We are here in America, and we can criticize anyone we care to without fear.
    Sure, I might have to take off my shoes at the airport, but I very glad to give up the freedom of keeping my shoes on to protect my safety.
    By the way, when are you getting your US visa?

  9. Straight talk

    Keltruth:

    Have you read the Patriot Acts?

    If so, don’t you understand the full implications of your government’s ability to label any US citizen as a terrorist, for any number of petty infractions, and suspend their constitutional rights, sine die.

    And for what?, do you feel safer or more paranoid?

    Similarly in the UK the Prevention of Terrorism Act is currently being amended again to increase the amount one can face imprisonment without trial.

    Give up your freedoms for security and you end up losing both.