Chavez has withdrawn the license for 34 radio stations, and they are looking into another 240 which are currently under scrutiny, all with bogus claims (could it be that they were critical of the regime?). Such freed licenses are then transferred to so called „Radios comunitarias“ (Citizen or community radios) – well, you know what that means….it sounds eerily like “community organizer stations”, doesn’t it?
This decision was made the same day on which the Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, proposed a strengthening of the media laws. Once implemented, journalists and editors are threatened with two to four years of prison if they distribute information which entices “public panic” and endanger the “peace, the safety and the independence of the Nation”. One does not have to be a lawyer to understand what that probably means.
But it doesn’t end there. Information Minister Blanca Eekhout emphasizes that it is essential they regulate the “enormous power” of the media. They accused the international media of tainting the image of the country and State Chief Hugo Chavez. More than 50% of 725 articles in 15 newspapers were negative.
Could that possibly be because of the policies pursued in that country?
Anyway, folks, be careful...this is eerie. Stay tuned.
Z: Meet quietly, march carefully, distribute information carefully.......We're not nuts who think that anything this bad could happen here, we're just asking you to stay aware. What scares me the most is the words above in red........that sounds so .....typical, doesn't it, something they can use so effectively to keep people quiet...and down.