Narconews: Radio Free Venezuela?
Radio Free Venezuela?
July 22, 2005
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The United States Congress is doing its best to outdo the Colombian government in overwrought, overreaching responses to the new Latin American news station Telesur. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment on Wednesday to begin beaming "the ideals of freedom" into Venezuela via new broadcasts modeled on the Cuba-aimed Radio Marti.
The flimsy justification for force-feeding U.S. government and CIA propaganda onto the airwaves which is used for Cuba – that the government does not allow opposing views in the media – should be laughable to anyone who has spent one day in Venezuela. Newsstands and television stations overflow with big-budget anti-Chavista media. Not a single journalist has been jailed or censured under Hugo Chávez’s presidency, while government censorship was rampant under several previous rightwing administrations.
But apparently the impending launch of Telesur – which in truth represents more voices, more freedom of information, instead of less – has the wingnuts that seem to control the House these days in a panic, and they are planning an electronic attack on Venezuela that is doomed to fail.
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