Monday, May 28, 2007

Venezuelans protest closure of TV station

Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2007 6:25 PM ET
The Associated Press Television personalities embraced, wept and broke into chants of "freedom" before cameras on Sunday as Venezuela's most widely watched channel prepared to go off the air following a decision by President Hugo Chavez that opponents called an assault on free speech.Radio Caracas Television, the sole opposition-aligned TV station with nationwide reach, is being forced off the airwaves because Chavez has refused to renew its broadcast licence."We are living an injustice," said Eyla Adrian, a 35-year-old presenter, her eyes welling with tears. "I wish that tonight would never come."Chavez said Saturday he was democratizing the airwaves by turning RCTV's signal over to a public service channel."That television station became a threat to the country so I decided not to renew the licence because it's my responsibility," Chavez said.
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(Source: Fred Waterer, ODXA)

Certainely proves the old careful what you wish for. With Chavez president, the Venezuelan people have indeed lost another one of their freedoms.