Originally published 1/25/07:
Ah, a very good article by the ever more impressive Stephen Lendman. Here he explains exactly why Chavez’s non-renewal of RCTV’s broadcasting license is not government censorship.
“If any part of the US media – corporate run, controlled or otherwise – reported the kind of strident anti-government propaganda intended to incite public hostility, violence and rebellion the way the Venezuelan dominant media do, they’d be subject to indictment on charges of sedition and possibly treason against the state – offenses far more serious than just the right to remain operating. During the 2002 April aborted coup and later anti-Chavez insurrection in the form of a general strike and management-imposed oil industry lockout, the Venezuelan corporate media acted in league with the oligarch opposition coup-plotters trying to overthrow democratically elected Hugo Chavez and his government.”
He goes on explaining what the Media Oligarchy in Venezuela has been doing lately in their treasonous acts and shows that non-renewal of a broadcasting license is really the lowest possible punishment that could be dished out.
Remember Joseph Smith who shut down the Nauvoo Expositor and was perfectly within his legal rights to do so. Chavez’s actions here are no less.