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It's Official - Chavez Is Now A Dictator

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posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 08:22 PM

Originally posted by LogansRun

Originally posted by FlyersFan
He's taking away everything, including free speech. *shudder* chilling!

Post a friggin link to support these claims, PLEASE!!

Once again, your wish is granted...

Criticizing the president now is punishable by six months to 30 months in prison

posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 08:29 PM

Originally posted by Vitchilo
But we could make a report also saying thousands are fleeing dictatorship of america. When Bush passed the military comission act and all those crappy laws, a lot of people moved out of the US, and a lot consider doing it if things don't arrange after 2008.

Yes, you could. Why don't you go ahead and prepare such a report?

We're still waiting for the mass exodus of depressed Democrats that promised to flee to Canada after the 2004 elections. Is there any way we can force them to keep their promises?

posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 09:57 PM

Originally posted by Vitchilo
So I see nothing wrong with a man in power that do good for his only people, at least until he kills opposition. But that's not what Chavez does, the private medias are owning 90% of the market.

[edit on 2-2-2007 by Vitchilo]

I'm not sure of the percentage of government owned media and privately owned media, but I did come across this article about the media situation.

Chávez Limits Private Media While Bolstering Public Media

For many Venezuelans, VTV, as it's known, is the preferred alternative to private channels they consider poisoned by political and business interests whose sole aim is to topple President Hugo Chávez. For others, VTV is propaganda, more befitting of the old Soviet Union than modern Latin America. For all, VTV may be the future.

Since 2002, Chávez's government has steadily expanded its reach into the country's media, all the while curbing private outlets via stricter laws on programming, tightening controls on government-issued licenses and even brokering backroom deals with media moguls to silence them.

Today, in addition to VTV, the government runs three other television channels, one major and nearly 150 community radio stations, one news agency, one daily and more than 70 community newspapers and 24 websites.


Meanwhile, the private media is shrinking. A recent government decision to not renew the broadcast license of Venezuela's top rated private station, RCTV, has provoked widespread condemnation in Venezuela and abroad. From the Organization of American States to Reporters Without Borders, critics have said the government's decision is an attempt to silence its opposition.

It was that coup that persuaded Chávez he needed a stronger voice in the media, VTV President Jesús Romero Anselmi told The Miami Herald.

''The government didn't know how to defend itself against the television screen,'' said Romero. ``And the government said, `We've got to do something about this.'''

Chávez allies in the legislature approved a 2004 law that tightened restrictions on the time slots when all TV and radio stations could talk about certain subjects -- sex and violence -- and threatened to shut down stations if they criticized government officials. The law has led to widespread self-censorship from once critical outlets.

''This is the first government that understands the importance of the media and is using it as a means of indoctrination,'' said Antonio Pasquali, a professor and observer of the media in Venezuela for four decades. ``And their fundamental intention is to eliminate any voices of dissent.''

Sounds like he is pretty tough on any media that may broadcast anything but pro Chavez.

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