Venezuela's National Assembly to regulate cable TV
Pro-government deputies propose broadcasting national productions and local values by cable TV
The Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) is to make a law for the regulation of subscription television services, informed the President of the People's Power and Media Committee of the AN, Darío Vivas, deputy for the ruling party United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
The draft law is focused on three aspects: "The contractual relation between the user and the subscription television provider; the programs broadcasted; and the prioritization of national TV programs in the subscription TV channels." Additionally, the explanatory notes of the draft law highlighted "the enforcement of cultural information, intended to correct communicational imbalances."
"We want our national audiovisual industry to be present in the program schedule (of cable TV)," asserted Blanca Eekhout, pro-government deputy in charge of preparing the draft.
Eekhout also informed that she would conduct an enquiry into the private media coverage of the recent presidential electoral campaign, since, according to the pro-government ruling majority of the Parliament, "some private media fostered violence and aggressions by constantly discrediting the National Electoral Council (CNE)."
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.