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Not when I was last there (in '71 or '72). Whoa.

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Chavez to shut down opposition TV
Hugo Chavez gives a speech at Fuerte Tiuna in Caracas, 28 December
The move has been called a grave violation of freedom of expression
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he will not renew the licence for the country's second largest TV channel which he says expires in March 2007.

In an address to troops, Mr Chavez said he would not tolerate media outlets working towards a coup against him.

Radio Caracas Television, which is aligned with the opposition, supported a strike against Mr Chavez in 2003.

But the TV's head said there must be some mistake as its licence was not up for renewal in the near future.

Marcel Granier also vowed to fight against the president's plans in Venezuela's courts and on the international stage.

The BBC's Greg Morsbach in Caracas says Mr Chavez has repeatedly threatened to take the TV off the air but has never given a date.


There will be no new operating licence for this coupist TV channel - the measure has been drafted so go turn off the equipment
Hugo Chavez

The move could help silence some of his critics in the media who have been a thorn in his side for several years, he says.

Mr Chavez, who was returned to power by a wide margin on 3 December, said Mr Granier was mistaken in believing "that concession is eternal".

"It runs out in March. So it's better that you go and prepare your suitcase and look around for what you're going to do in March," he said during a televised speech to soldiers at a military academy in Caracas.

"There will be no new operating licence for this coupist TV channel called RCTV. The operating licence is over... So go and turn off the equipment," Mr Chavez said.

'Violation of freedom'

Mr Chavez said the channel was "at the service of coups against the people, against the nation, against national independence, against the dignity of the republic".

The channel is among a number of private TV and radio networks that in recent years have strongly criticized Mr Chavez' government and favoured the opposition.

Many media outlets, including RCTV, supported a bungled coup in 2002 and a devastating general strike in 2003 that failed to unseat the president.

The press freedom campaign group, Reporters Without Borders, said the proposed move would be a grave violation of freedom of expression in Venezuela.

RCTV is one of the country's oldest channels and began broadcasting in 1953.
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Chavez to shut down opposition TV
Hugo Chavez gives a speech at Fuerte Tiuna in Caracas, 28 December
The move has been called a grave violation of freedom of expression
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he will not renew the licence for the country's second largest TV channel which he says expires in March 2007.

In an address to troops, Mr Chavez said he would not tolerate media outlets working towards a coup against him.

Radio Caracas Television, which is aligned with the opposition, supported a strike against Mr Chavez in 2003.

But the TV's head said there must be some mistake as its licence was not up for renewal in the near future.

Marcel Granier also vowed to fight against the president's plans in Venezuela's courts and on the international stage.

The BBC's Greg Morsbach in Caracas says Mr Chavez has repeatedly threatened to take the TV off the air but has never given a date.


There will be no new operating licence for this coupist TV channel - the measure has been drafted so go turn off the equipment
Hugo Chavez

The move could help silence some of his critics in the media who have been a thorn in his side for several years, he says.

Mr Chavez, who was returned to power by a wide margin on 3 December, said Mr Granier was mistaken in believing "that concession is eternal".

"It runs out in March. So it's better that you go and prepare your suitcase and look around for what you're going to do in March," he said during a televised speech to soldiers at a military academy in Caracas.

"There will be no new operating licence for this coupist TV channel called RCTV. The operating licence is over... So go and turn off the equipment," Mr Chavez said.

'Violation of freedom'

Mr Chavez said the channel was "at the service of coups against the people, against the nation, against national independence, against the dignity of the republic".

The channel is among a number of private TV and radio networks that in recent years have strongly criticized Mr Chavez' government and favoured the opposition.

Many media outlets, including RCTV, supported a bungled coup in 2002 and a devastating general strike in 2003 that failed to unseat the president.

The press freedom campaign group, Reporters Without Borders, said the proposed move would be a grave violation of freedom of expression in Venezuela.

RCTV is one of the country's oldest channels and began broadcasting in 1953.

Bump, ya'll.
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So, why the bump, to remind us he won reelection by a wide margin for the third time? I would say that the people of VZ will get the government they asked for, and we have no right to interfere. I am simply not that interested in the internal affairs of other countries, especially if they seem to be a functioning democracy.

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So, why the bump, to remind us he won reelection by a wide margin for the third time? I would say that the people of VZ will get the government they asked for, and we have no right to interfere. I am simply not that interested in the internal affairs of other countries, especially if they seem to be a functioning democracy.
We can only discuss things within the USA? Must be a new rule, huh?

Oh, I was hoping that perhaps we might have a bit of analysis concerning Pres Chavez' plan to shut down a newspaper that criticizes him. Some folks who support the ACLU might be of the opinion that a government leader threatening to shut down a newspaper would be a bad thing.
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We can only discuss things within the USA? Must be a new rule, huh?

Oh, I was hoping that perhaps we might have a bit of analysis concerning Pres Chavez' plan to shut down a newspaper that criticizes him. Some folks who support the ACLU might be of the opinion that a government leader threatening to shut down a newspaper would be a bad thing.
Chavez met with the President of Iran in Venezuela not very long ago if I recall. I'd bet Chavez asked him how he dealt with pesky problems like that.
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So, why the bump, to remind us he won reelection by a wide margin for the third time? I would say that the people of VZ will get the government they asked for, and we have no right to interfere. I am simply not that interested in the internal affairs of other countries, especially if they seem to be a functioning democracy.
I would agree that it was the people of VZ's choice and they have to live with it good, bad or indifferent.

On the other hand interference in another countries affairs depends on you definition. If you consider anything but the status quo interferance I would have to disagree with you. The people are certainly free to chose the representatives but other countries are allowed to chose whether or not to continue aid, trade practices, loans, etc. If you are refering to internal meddling with the country I would have to agree. But if you think that other countries do not interfere or play a role in US politics you are rather niave.
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