- Chávez jeers at US Senate and European Parliament
- Another legal action on behalf of RCTV
- Venezuelan broadcasters call upon govn't to reconsider move against RCTV
- TSJ head: Ruling on RCTV is "a matter of time"
- Rejection against plans to celebrate RCTV closure in Nicaragua
- Minister Chacón brands EP resolution as "political opinion"
- Brazilian broadcasters reject move against RCTV
- Moral Council asked to take actions against people opposed to RCTV closure
- Ecuador "respects" Venezuelan government decision on RCTV
- University students demonstrate on behalf of RCTV
- Journalists urge to "raise the alarm"
- Chávez: Government action on RCTV is a "routine decision"
- RCTV asks President Chávez to think it over
Hugo Chávez government is to take control temporally of the broadcast equipment of private TV channel RCTV, according to a rule by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ). The action is aimed at ensuring the new TV channel Televisora Venezolana Social -replacing RCTV - can be watched all over the country.
The TSJ said that the expiration of the broadcast license of RCTV on May 27 should not translate into a poor service. In order to allow all the Venezuelan TV watchers to access the service, the top court ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) to take control of broadcast equipment RCTV possesses nationwide to guarantee that the new channel TVes has the necessary infrastructure to cover the same areas currently covered by RCTV.
The opposition TV channel was ordered to hand over all the facilities and equipment including transmission equipment and antennas, and electric installations.
The top court also ordered the Armed Forced to guard, monitor and control permanently the use of installations and equipments and guarantee their use by the new Chávez channel.
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.