The CNN excuse

Posted: February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Caracas Chronicles

PE3O6Z9ojHeNSk7H4xMDoxOjBrO-I4W8 The irony: Maduro complaining that CNN doesn’t cover his messages at all… while CNN covered his address live.

As the domestic media blackout continues, the government’s media hegemony has taken to targeting international news outlets. Last week, Colombian news channel NTN24 was summarily taken off of Venezuelan cable TV for covering the protests wrong. That wasn’t all: yesterday, Nicolas Maduro announced that CNN will be dropped from all cable and satellite TV unless “…they rectify their coverage (on Venezuela)”.

We’re past keeping up appearances about free speech and stuff. NTN24 set the stage: from now on, if you don’t toe the line, you’re taken off the air – it’s that simple.

Nonetheless, there are some particular questions on the CNN case that need to be raised:

  1. If CNN is doing the same that NTN24, why didn’t the broadcast regulator, CONATEL suspend it inmediately? Why bother with threats and procedures?
  2. CNN…

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