"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.
INTERVIEW "I was a kid from the Third World who came to teach Italians how to play opera." A succinct Diego Matheuz describes in this way his arrival at La Fenice of Venice, first as a guest conductor and later on as chief conductor. Matheuz is extremely modest, considering that a 26-year-old young man from a faraway tropical country stepped up to one of the most renowned opera theaters in Italy. "It was a big challenge; I gave it all. Thank God, we overcame," he adds when commenting his debut in October 2010 with Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. Four years later, and being still under 30, Diego seems to have fulfilled the highest expectations. He has led at least 15 major world orchestras; has appeared on various stages, and, together with Gustavo Dudamel, Christian Vásquez and Rafael Payare –the four mighty globetrotters of the System- is tied to the project pioneered by Master José Antonio Abreu 40 years ago.