"Freedom of expression is the golden rule," Chilean President
Michelle Bachelet said Monday in Helsinki.
The Chilean ruler was making reference to non-renewal of a broadcast license for private TV network Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) by the government of President Hugo Chávez.
Following a meeting with her Finnish counterpart Tarja Halonen, Bachelet recalled the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile (1973-1990) and said, "For Chile, freedom of expression is the golden rule, given our political history."
"Our role as Chileans is to show that the way chosen by Chile is possible -to grow with social justice, under a democratic government;" she told reporters both in Spanish and English, AFP quoted.
The tone between Chile and Venezuela heightened recently when the Chilean Senate endorsed a petition for censorship due to the Venezuelan government announcement of the license end. Chávez labeled the Senate as fascist.
Afterwards, both Bachelet and Chávez came to terms during a meeting.
LOPEZ CASE Socialist International, an international organization that gathers social-democratic and labor parties, has unanimously approved a request for the release of Leopoldo López, the leader of Venezuelan dissenting party Voluntad Popular (People's Will), and opposition former mayors Enzo Scarano and Daniel Ceballos.
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PRISONS The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) underscored on Thursday Venezuela's duty to prevent unsafe situations inside jails.