NGO calls for debate on cable TV regulation in Venezuela
Representatives from several organizations discussed the Venezuelan legislative agenda
Representatives from several organizations belonging to the NGO Monitor Legislativo (Legislative Monitor) discussed the upcoming Venezuelan legislative agenda. They focused on several draft legislations and reforms that are to be debated at the Venezuelan National Assembly, such as the Organic Code on Criminal Procedure (COPP), the People's Power Law on Communication, the Disarmament Law, and the Law on Social Responsibility in Radio and Television (known as Resorte Law).
As for the Resorte Law and a possible regulation of cable TV, director of NGO Espacio Público (Public Space) Carlos Correa recommended launching a debate on this matter. "We have limited information (regarding this legislation). Some of its provisions raise concern because they may entail some violations of Venezuelans' human rights," Correa remarked.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."