CARACAS, Tuesday May 29, 2007 | Update
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.
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.