Hugo Chavez Muzzles TV Stations
In a move that has many in Venezuela protesting, Hugo Chavez has forced cable networks to drop TV stations unfriendly to his regime, muzzling criticism.
Venezuela's cable industry organisation said that RCTV, along with several other stations, "had been temporarily excluded from the programming schedule" because they "had not complied with the regulations in place".
Over the past few years, Hugo Chavez has increased his hold on the media outlets, reclassifying the TV stations from international to national which requires them to carry political speeches. He is famous for his marathon speeches.
Hugo Chavez has shown little tolerance for criticism of his leftist regime which is currently coping with inflation and shortages of power and water.
Venezuela is a member of OPEC and while the U.S. is its primary customer for oil. Chavez has become increasingly strident in his criticism of that country, recently accusing them of causing the Haitian earthquake.
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