May 22, 2007

Silencing Venezuela's voices: Closing RCTV

This is a terrible week for Venezuela. This coming Sunday, RCTV, the country's oldest tv network will close because the government refuses to renew its concession.

RCTV has produced telenovelas that have made history in Venezuela and around the world.

"Not renewing the concession" is the purposefully misleading term used by the government to cloak its real intention of silencing opposition voices. This move has already have a considerable chilling effect on the other networks: Venevision and Televen.

As I said at the beginning of this post: Venezuela is living a terrible moment. I believe that when RCTV broadcasts its last program this Sunday, my country will definitely enter one of its darkest moments regarding freedom of expression and of the press. Who will be the next victim?

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