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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Rctv Closure and the Oas General Assembly

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: RCTV CLOSURE AND THE OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY


1. Summary: Santiago's most influential dailies ran editorials
criticizing the lack of a strong stance against Chavez' decision to
close RCTV, notably by the OAS and other countries. Influential "El
Mercurio" highlighted that the United States has been the only
country to firmly oppose Venezuela on this issue and warned about
the threat around the world from such individuals. End summary.

2. On June 6, conservative, influential newspaper-of-record "El
Mercurio" (circ. 129,000) ran an editorial entitled "How Far Will
You Go Chavez?" Quotes:

"The blow against the independent station...is not an isolated
event.... It is the beginning of a process to silence all
dissenting media.... The official position was that the station and
other media were incubating coups and civil unrest.... Now Chavez
is using the same arguments against private universities.... There
is little doubt that he will next target independent higher
educational institutions.... The regime's orientation is
unquestionably totalitarian....

"The bland reaction by the OAS and other countries -- with the
notorious exception of the United States in the OAS -- feeds Chavez'
hegemonic appetite.... He may seem delirious, but there are
precedents of individuals like him in world history."

3. On June 5, conservative, afternoon "La Segunda" (circ. 33,000)
ran an editorial entitled, "Venezuela's case in the OAS." Quote:

"With resolve and firmness, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
asked OAS Secretary General Jos Miguel Insulza to visit Caracas and
draft a report in consultation with the interested parties.... This
episode reveals a general awareness among the true democrats about
the progressive consolidation of Chavez' socialist dictatorship and
the threat of his intervention in the political processes of other
countries in the region.... At the same time, it confirms the
inefficiency of international organizations to correct these
deviations. In particular, the OAS is lacking in implementing the
applauded Democratic Charter under specific circumstances."

4. On June 6, conservative, independent "La Tercera" (circ. 101,000)
ran an editorial entitled "The Case of RCTV and the OAS General
Assembly." Quote:

"Given the numerous expressions of concern over RCTV... and the
consensus in the region that one of the key pillars of democracy is
freedom of expression, why hasn't the OAS included this issue in its
discussion?.... The interest of the OAS in this case should not be
seen as undue intervention in Venezuela's internal affairs or as
questioning its government.... (The case of) Venezuela is proving
that those who accuse the OAS of being 'inefficient' are right. The
shared view in the region is that the closing of the station is one
more step in Venezuela's radical political process toward the
concentration of powering in the hands of its President. This case
is a good opportunity to change that view."

KELLY

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