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July 12, 2007

RCTV to resume broadcasting by cable and satellite

Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its call for Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) to be allowed to resume free terrestrial broadcasting after learning that the privately-owned broadcaster will resume transmission by cable and satellite to paying subscribers on 16 July. The government refused to renew RCTV’s terrestrial broadcast licence a month and a half ago. “Since losing its terrestrial licence on 27 May, RCTV has managed to have one of its news programme carried by another terrestrial... MORE
June 15, 2007

TV station owner suspends news programme after coverage of RCTV case

On 23 May 2007, regional UHF channel Llanovisión's news programme, "La Entrevista de Hoy", was suspended after it commented on the Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) case. The programme was hosted by sociologist Laure Nicotra and was broadcast in the state of Barinas, southern Venezuela. Nicotra said that the measure was the result of an interview with lawyer Pedro Gonzáles, broadcast on 22 May, about the government's decision not to renew RCTV's concession. The journalist received a written note... MORE
May 23, 2007

TV shutdown will hit hard free expression in Venezuela

The Venezuelan government’s decision not to renew a television broadcasting license is being seen as a serious setback for freedom of expression in Venezuela. Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), the country’s oldest private channel, will have to close shop when its licence expires on May 27, 2007. President Hugo Chávez has repeatedly threatened to cancel RCTV’s licence ever since he accused it of supporting an April 2002 coup attempt. On December 28, 2006, he announced during a military ceremony... MORE
January 12, 2007

CPJ, IPYS cite ‘lack of transparency’ in Venezuelan broadcast case

A joint delegation of the Committee to Protect Journalists and Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) said today it is alarmed about the lack of transparency in President Hugo Chávez Frias’ decision not to renew the broadcast concession of the privately owned television station RCTV. This week, as Chávez was inaugurated for his third term, the delegation examined the highly polarized press conditions in Venezuela. Administration officials said they pride themselves on promoting free expression in... MORE
December 29, 2006

IAPA assails Venezuela’s Chávez over non-renewal of TV station licence

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today repudiated a decision by Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez to not renew the broadcast license of television network Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV). Chavez made the announcement yesterday after accusing the network of supporting plots to overthrow him and engaging in subversive activities. The chairman of the IAPA's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Gonzalo Marroquín, condemned "this new violation of press freedom and free... MORE