Reporters Without Borders showed concern about the Venezuelan
Government threat not to renew the broadcasting license to
privately-owned TV channel Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV),
following Minister of Communication and Information Willian
Lara's announcement that the TV network's future would be
subject to referendum.
In a press release, RSF said: "If RCTV's license is withdrawn because it is an opposition network, then it is clearly a violation of editorial diversity."
The international organization asked the Venezuelan Government to reconsider its position on RCTV as, "it is not the role of a news media to govern a country so its future should not depend on the outcome of a referendum." RSF also wondered why should the development of community media, encouraged by the government, threaten the existence of commercial media.
Lara announced last December 11th that the renewal of RCTV's license would be put to a referendum. His remarks came following a meeting with representatives of alternative media.
Recently, President Hugo Chávez said he has questions on whether he would renew or not RCTV's broadcasting license, which expires in March 2007.
LOPEZ CASE The Venezuelan mission at the United Nations in Geneva has sent a notice to the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) labeling as "unreasonable" the latter's petition to release Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López.
HUMAN RIGHTS Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, gathered on Wednesday in Madrid. At the meeting, Rajoy expressed his concerns about the detention of the dissenter, whose immediate release was requested by the United Nations in a resolution issued recently.
LOPEZ'S CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of detained opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserted on Tuesday that "justice is militarized in Venezuela," because the Venezuelan government "has not observed" the resolution issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) asking for the release of her husband.