Shhhh! Only Chavez Can Talk

Saturday, August 1, 2009
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is proposing a "Media Crimes Law" in order to punish critiques of his inept government by the country's remaining independent media.

Chavez's Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, insisted that the state had to take action in the face of "new forms of criminality that have arisen as a consequence of the abusive exercise of freedom of information and opinion." She claims that it is "necessary that the Venezuelan state regulates freedom of expression."

Meanwhile, Chavez's Infrastructure and Public Works Minister, Diosdado Cabello, who oversees the government's broadcasting policy, claimed that freedom of expression "isn't the most sacred liberty in existence."

This "21st Century Socialism" looks just like that of the 20th.