Monday, August 03, 2009

Venezuelan fairness doctrine??

Venezuela has ordered that 34 of Venezuela's's radio stations be shut down because of licencing irregularities, such as illegal transfers or lack of renewals.
Another 200 or more radio stations may also be closed in the near future. CNN said
"station owners have told Venezuelan press that the closures are politically motivated."

Chavez told the media that he was "democratizing the airwaves." At least one station owner plans to appeal the closure in Venezuela's Supreme Court. The move has been condemned by the group, Reporters Without Borders, which said:

“In any country that respects the rule of law, a broadcast media suspected of using a frequency in an irregular manner would have been warned in advance that proceedings were being initiated against it and its representatives would have been given a chance to defend themselves or file an appeal.”