Free speech in Venezuela

A Venezuelan cable television channel critical of President Hugo Chavez has been taken off the air after refusing to air footage of the president\’s speeches.

Radio Caracas Television, an anti-Chavez channel known as RCTV disappeared from TV sets shortly after midnight after the government cited noncompliance with new regulations requiring that Mr Chavez\’s speeches be televised on cable as well as terrestrial television.

Of course, free speech means that you\’re allowed to say what you want: not that anyone has to pay any attention.

Not the first time that Chavez has had the occasional little problem with logic.

4 comments on “Free speech in Venezuela

  1. I can see no problem with Mr Chavez’s logic:

    I. All Venezuelan television-channels which fail to comply with new regulations requiring that Mr Chávez’s speeches be televised are to be removed from air.
    II. RCTV has failed to comply with these aforementioned regulations.
    Therefore,
    III. RCTV is to be removed from air.

    Impeccable logic, I’d say, or am I being a stuffed-shirt in failing to get groovy with the free-form liberal abuse of the word?

  2. Quite. Free speech in Venezuela means freedom to support what politically correct people think. Just the same as free speech in NuLabour Britain.

  3. I reckon that Brian’s pretty close, but I’d refine it down to “the freedom to ask ‘how high Señor?’ when Chavez says ‘Jump!'”.

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