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Caracas, Wednesday May 28 , 2008  
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Telecommunications Minister says RCTV equipment equals zero 
RCTV CEO Marcel Granier said the equipment had been snatched out of the private channel to be used by the technical staff of TVES (Photo: file)

From the technical viewpoint, the broadcasting equipment property of private TV channel Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) costs nothing, said Minister of Telecommunications and Information Jesse Chacón during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace.



The Caracas-based private TV station started broadcasts on cable and satellite services last July 16, following discontinuance of operations last May 27, after President Chávez decided not to renew its license to broadcast on open signal. RCTV resumed operations through its Miami-based company Coral Pictures, organized in the 1980's to manage the TV network's international productions.

International reactions
- Reporters without Borders deplores government censorship of RCTV
- Ecuador criticizes RCTV CEO remarks against President Correa
- RSF regrets failure to ask for certificate beforehand
- IAPA rewards RCTV for advocating free press
- Menem regrets "accomplice" silence of Kirchner in RCTV case
- RSF: Venezuelan govn't plans forcing cable TV to transmit mandatory broadcasts
- "Isolating Venezuela is unfeasible"

"This is an attack on freedom of expression"

Venezuelan Ignacio Álvarez, IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression said that the issue of broadcast licenses for radio and television stations should not be used as a tool to exert pressure.

Photo report
RCTV 53 years on the screen

Born on November 15th, 1953 and founded by William H. Phelps, Radio Caracas Televisión became the third TV channel on the air in Venezuela.

Empresas 1BC calls for enquiry into confiscation of RCTV equipment 

The chairman of Empresas 1BC Marcel Granier Tuesday appeared in the Attorney General Office to request an investigation into a ruling the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) issued allowing confiscation of private television channel RCTV's broadcast equipment by state-owned TV channel TVes.

CPJ rejects "another government attempt to shut down RCTV" 

President Chávez is trying to silence RCTV Internacional by forcing it to broadcast his speeches, said the Committee to Protect Journalists, adding that "this seems to be yet another attempt by the government to shut down a critical media outlet."

RCTV reports raging "persecution" against independent press 

RCTV Internacional claims that the Venezuelan government has intensified "persecution" against "independent" news media outlets.


The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) bestowed the Grand Prize for Press Freedom to Marcel Granier, the CEO of private television station RCTV, and his staff of reporters and collaborators.


"RCTV Internacional has the same characteristic features as all other international channels. It has foreign capital, mixed production and global broadcasting. Therefore, the same regulations that are applicable to the rest of international channels on subscription TV should be implemented."
 Marcel Granier, CEO of 1BC group, owner of RCTV.

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- RCTV broadcasting allowed in cable TV but needs to observe the law
- Ministers should report to the media
- Telesur CEO denies attacks on freedom of expression in Venezuela
- Media Observatory advocates right to challenge gutter press
- Venezuelan subscription TV chamber against compulsory joint broadcasting
- Talks on likely IACHR mission to Venezuela
- University students demonstrate in malls
Legal specifics
Provisions and interpretations

Both private TV channel Radio Caracas Televisión and the government predicate legal grounds to substantiate their approaches.


Video footages posted on website YouTube showing recent demonstrations in support for private TV channel Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) and freedom of expression in the Venezuelan capital.

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Journalists, people united for freedom of expression

Several thousands Venezuelans joined journalists on their National Day to advocate freedom of expression and other civil rights undermined in the country.

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