Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Venezuela moves to close another TV station

Pres. Hugo Chavez is now aiming to close a second opposition TV station, Globovision. RCTV was closed just hours ago. His claim is that the background music played during a report on a 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II proves that the station was intended to incite violence against Chavez:
Seizing on the momentum of RCTV's closure, Communications Minister Willian Lara presented a case to the state prosecutor's office saying experts hired by the ministry had found that opposition broadcaster Globovision was inciting assassination attempts on Chavez.

As evidence, he cited Globovision showing footage of an assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981 accompanied by the song "This Does Not Stop Here," sung by Ruben Blades, now Panama's minister of tourism.

"The conclusion of the specialists ... is that (in this segment) they are inciting the assassination of the president of Venezuela," Lara told reporters at the prosecutor's office

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