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 Lilian Tintori, the wife of jailed Venezuelan dissenter Leopoldo López, announced on Wednesday that she would attend the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York next week to present the case of her husband, who was sentenced to nearly 14 years of imprisonment, and also the situation of dissenters described as "political prisoners" by the Venezuelan opposition.
LEOPOLDO LÓPEZ The conviction of almost 14 years of prison meted to Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López and the Venezuela-Colombia border crisis were the main subjects in the remarks made by the deputies of the Parliament of the Common Market of the South (Parlasur) in their Monday session in Montevideo.
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