“The rich are not human” and Globovision’s troubles: 15 Minutes on Latin America
In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern, Hugo Chavez’s statements:
“Being rich is bad…a rich man is not human. A rich man is not human, it’s an animal in human form.”
And yesterday, a Chavista vice-minister for the Ministry of Communications and Information declared that
“si Globovisión y otros medios se comportaran así en otros países, hasta le darían pena de muerte a los dueños de medios”.
“If Globovisión and other media behaved this way in other countries, their owners would get the death penalty.”
The latest move to undermine opponents of the Leftist leader was made amid a frenetic campaign to seize control of privately held businesses, with his government running short of funds due to the fall in world oil prices.
Nicolas Maduro, the president of the Mr Chavez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, accused the 24-hour news channel Globovision of “media terrorism”, describing the station and its director, Alberto Ravell, as “violators of the constitution and of the rights of Venezuelans” as well as being “anti-democratic, failed and fascist”.
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“If we had the rule of law in our country, our station would not be in trouble.”
The latest government attack on the station started after Globovisión broadcasted news on an earthquake 45 minutes after the tremor but before the official government news channels.
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The International Human Rights Court is demanding information from the Venezuelan government on the latest attacks against the station.