Venezuela's comptroller finds irregularities in state-run TV networks
The Venezuela's Office of the Comptroller hinted that assets of state-owned TV networks Ávila and Vive TV are jeopardized by their own lack of controls
The information is part of the 2012 Annual Report produced by Venezuela's Deputy Comptroller Adelina González. The document will be submitted to the Parliament in the next few days.
After reviewing 40 case files, 23 purchase orders, and 20 service orders made by staff of Avila TV Foundation in 2010-2011, the Comptroller's Office –the body in charge of ensuring the proper use of public funds- found that the TV network's board of directors failed to comply with its obligation to establish "manuals providing standards, procedures, guidelines, and policies intended to describe the different steps taken in the various areas" of the organization. Consequently, this situation prevents "performance measurement."
The comptroller also found that the television station failed to execute the budget in the aforementioned period. "The information contained in the financial statements is not truthful as it fails to mirror the real net worth of the Foundation."
González also denounced that the TV network lacks an administrative system enabling the staff selection, classification, distribution, registration, and control. Based on her report, 60% of the personnel failed to render their sworn declaration of assets. Additionally, seven people hired on a fee basis failed to provide documents showing their professional qualifications.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
When we look at the issue of human rights in Venezuela and the relevant reports submitted each year, a clear pattern emerges, namely, the impunity following the violation of rights such as freedom of expression, political rights, and the right to life and personal integrity, which has Venezuela consistently ranking among the lowest scorers in assessment indices.