Venezuelan Vice-President Jorge Rodríguez railed Wednesday
on Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, calling him a hired
The senior official replied this way to Garzón's warning against the fact that freedom of expression in Venezuela was at stake.
According to Rodríguez, Garzón came to Venezuela "for a price and a fee" paid by the oligarchy. He claimed that the judge tried to teach lessons on democracy but closed in 1988 a daily newspaper in the Basque country "only for being leftwing," DPA quoted.
"He is a clown who dared say that there is no freedom of expression here. He came to say that freedom of expression is endangered in Venezuela. And which means did he use to speak? Was it a cardboard little glass? He spoke on the Venezuelan media, on the outspoken, opposition media which do not inform, but deform. The Bolivarian government does respect freedom of expression, but it asks for respect as well," he said during the swear-in ceremony of the incoming steering committee of power supplier La Electricidad de Caracas.
On Tuesday night, Garzón delivered a speech at the First International Congress of the National Council of Industries, where he mentioned the controversial issue of the Venezuelan government's failure to renew a broadcast license for private TV channel Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV).
HYCROCARBONS Venezuela prepares to face "difficult times" following a slump in crude oil prices, stated on Wednesday the President of state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), Eulogio Del Pino in an oil conference in Margarita Island, eastern Venezuela.
HYDROCARBONS World major oil producers are concerned about current oil prices, according to Venezuela's Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Ramírez, following a meeting on Tuesday in Vienna with representatives of Saudi Arabia, Russia and Mexico.
HYCROCARBONS Representatives of Venezuela, Mexico and Russia met in Vienna to coordinate their position two days ahead of a crucial OPEC meeting, in the context of a dramatic fall in oil prices.