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EC Chair laments non-renewal of broadcast license

José Manuel Durao Barroso, the President of the European Commission (EC), regretted Tuesday a decision made by the Venezuelan government not to renew a broadcast license for private TV channel Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) and recalled that "freedom of expression and press freedom are substantial components of democracy."

The decision "was made in a controversial context with regard to legal fundamentals and by virtue of its potential impact on freedom of expression and press freedom in Venezuelan," said Durao Barroso in a press release issued by his spokeswoman Leonor Ribeiro da Silva.

During a meeting Tuesday with Portuguese and Brazilian reporters in Brussels, the EC President considered the government move as "disappointing and a step backwards" for democracy, Efe quoted.

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Venezuelan government gives aid to farmers hit by rains

02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.

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