Massive Protest For Press Freedom in Venezuela!

A massive protest was held in Caracas on Wednesday against the Chavez government’s removal of a leading opposition TV station, Radio Caracas Television (RCTV).

Opposition protesters march to commemorate Venezuelan Journalist Day in protest against the removal of a leading opposition TV station, Radio Caracas Television, RCTV, from the air one month ago in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, June 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Gregorio Marrero)

Thousands of Venezuelans protested in Caracas in support of press freedom on National Journalist’s Day.
El Universal reported:

Venezuelan journalists, teachers, news media workers, students, doctors, artists, political leaders, and other members of the civil society are marching in Caracas to advocate freedom of expression and demand resumption of the broadcasts of private television station RCTV.

The mobilization started at noon in Plaza Venezuela, north Caracas, and is scheduled to end outside the headquarters of RCTV, in Quinta Crespo, west Caracas.

Around 11:00 a.m. (local time), journalists, trade union and political leaders gathered outside the headquarters of the Journalists’ Professional Association on Andrés Bello Avenue, and marched to Plaza Venezuela.

Before arriving in Plaza Venezuela, the demonstrators stopped outside the Apostolic Nunciature, where university student Nixon Moreno is waiting for political asylum.

When asked about the non-renewal of the broadcast license for private television station RCTV, which stopped transmissions last May 27, Zulia state governor and former presidential candidate Manuel Rosales said the “closure of RCTV is a goal the government scored into its own goal, and which the President (Hugo Chávez) did not assess correctly.”

Rosales branded discontinuance of RCTV as another signal of Chávez’ “authoritarian behavior.”


Venezuelan journalists march with their mouths taped shut in protest against the removal of leading opposition TV station, Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) from the air one month ago, on Venezuelan Journalist Day in Caracas, Wednesday, June 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Gregorio Marrero)

Ga Mongrel notes that the Copa America Soccer Tournament is being held this week for the first time in Venezuela. This could be a major embarrassment for Chavez… If the world ever decides to report on it.

Juandos reports that the march is being talked about in Mexico.

Opposition protesters march to commemorate Venezuelan Journalist Day in protest against the removal of a leading opposition TV station, Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) from the air one month ago in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, June 27, 2007. (AP)


Opposition protesters march to commemorate Venezuelan Journalist Day in protest against the removal of a leading opposition TV station, RCTV. (AP)

Venezuela News and Views sees Chavez losing the battle of ideas.

Meanwhile… Chavez is in Russia urging leaders to “revive” Leninism.

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