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).
OIL The price of the Venezuelan oil basket lost USD 1.86 this week, ending at USD 68.97, the Venezuelan Ministry of Petroleum and Mining reported.
HYDROCARBONS Venezuela's state run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) would be willing to cut its crude oil output to stop the fall of oil prices if the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) makes such a decision in its upcoming meeting scheduled for next week, said on Thursday Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez.
OIL Russia and Venezuela discussed joint actions to fight falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks on Monday with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez.