While endorsing President Hugo Chávez' decision not
to renew the broadcasting license to 53-year television network
Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV), Francisco Rangel Gómez,
the Governor of southern Bolívar state, said he is to
propose the Executive Branch to impose comprehensive controls
on radio stations and newspapers both in Bolívar state
and throughout Venezuela.
"A comprehensive revision of these media -beyond TV channels- is necessary too because some radio stations and newspapers need to be reviewed too."
Some 10 newspapers and five TV channels, together with a number of radio stations, are currently operating in Bolívar state -the region with the highest number of media per capita in Venezuela.
US / EU Sanctions
HUMAN RIGHTS In a communiqué issued by the Venezuelan Foreign Office, the government rebutted and labeled as "interventionist" the resolution issued by the European Parliament (EP) on December 18 on Venezuela.
US SANCTIONS The US government has meted out sanctions to 33 Venezuelan current and former government officers in the past six years, most of them linked with drug trafficking and human rights abuses.
HUMAN RIGHTS The European Parliament "categorically" condemned in a resolution political "persecution" in Venezuela, as well as "repression" against opposition parties.