The Venezuelan subscription TV association reported Thursday
that it would request a meeting with government authorities
to voice disagreement with a reform intended to impose compulsory
joint broadcasting of President Chávez' addresses to
Mario Seijas, the chair of the Venezuelan Subscription Television Chamber (Cavetesu), told reporters that the copyright law prevents these TV stations from making any changes on programming.
For this reason, there is no possibility of cutting the programming in order to join compulsory broadcasting, he maintained.
Seijas expects to explain this matter during the meetings requested to the authorities of the Ministry of Communication and Information, the Ministry of Telecommunications and the National Telecommunications Council (Conatel), Efe reported.
Out of the 150 member channels of the association, almost a half is operated and produced abroad. In addition, "there is no technological way to make them engage in joint broadcasting."
HUMAN RIGHTS Former presidents of Colombia and Bolivia, Andrés Pastrana and Jorge Quiroga, respectively, will travel to Venezuela on Friday to visit detained dissenter and leader of the Voluntad Popular party Leopoldo López, announced López's wife, Lilian Tintori, who will waive her right to visit his husband so the ex-presidents can meet with him.
HUMAN RIGHTS Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz stated on Tuesday that the transfer of former mayor of San Cristóbal municipality, Daniel Ceballos, from Ramo Verde military prison to 26 de Julio prison, in San Juan de los Morros, Guárico state, was made pursuant to a court order issued by a judge and in compliance with all legal procedures.
OPPOSITION On Monday evening, Miguel Pérez Pirela, host of a TV show called "Cayendo y Corriendo" (Falling and Running), broadcasted on state-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), aired an audio recording of an alleged conversation between detained dissenters Leopoldo López, head of the Voluntad Popular Party (VP), and former mayor of San Cristóbal municipality, Daniel Ceballos, where they plan anti-government street demonstrations.