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Venezuela Sanctions Cable Television Channels for Failure to Comply With Media Law

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RCTV has repeatedly broadcast inflammatory material & material inciting riots & other violence. On January 13, the station broadcast an interview with business leader Noel Álvarez, invoking a coup d'etat by calling for a "military solution" in Venezuela.


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Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday January 26, 2010, 9:31 am
The media law establishes standards for child and adult programming, prohibits racist, sexist or inflammatory content and incitement to violence, places limits on commercial advertising, and requires stations to broadcast important government announcements.
Well, all I can say is, the law is the law.
However, I KNOW we here in the U.S. have no such
restrictions on what is broadcast, and I'm quite sure
Australia doesn't either........ay wot, Simon?
Perhaps our societies would be somewhat more under control,
and corporations would not be considered individuals if we DID
have Venezuelan-style limitations on broadcast material.
Your thoughts, Simon?

Thanks, mate.


Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday January 26, 2010, 12:46 pm
Amen Pastor Tim!

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 11:17 am
Hi Pastor Tim and Yvonne : )

Hmmm, Pastor Tim, actually, the USA has media regulations, that ban certain things, such as inciting assassinations, coups and other violence against the government. I am not sure what else it prevents, but I am pretty sure that freedom of speech in the media is limited in other ways too. If you are really interested, please let me know and I will research it, my friend : )

Australia has media regulations, too. They ban certain things, such as inciting assassinations, coups and other violence against the government, as well as incitement to other crimes, and also Australia's racial discrimination act may apply to what the media broadcasts, too - I am not sure.

Australia certainly has regulations to limit commercial advertising, too... but they are often not applied strictly, so we get extra advertising on TV, etc.. : ( Booooring commercials!!! : ( Trying to brainwash us to buy their junk and become dissatisfied, superficial, money-hungry, high-consuming, high-polluting materialists.... : (

As for government announcements, in Australia the government does them, but I think the government pays corporate media to let it broadcast them. I would prefer that the government not pay corporations for that. I don't want our tax money going to media corporations!!! So I like the Venezuelan way. : ) I like to hear from people who we elect, and watch the media which we indirectly control through those who we elect.

I do NOT want to hear the voices of mega-rich unelected, unaccountable people who have their voices amplified merely because they are mega-rich and own the corporate media, or own corporations which pay to advertise in the corporate media. Nor do I want to be subjected to the propaganda that they want us to believe, to support this system that keeps them rich. So I mostly watch Australia's government TV stations, and read the non-capitalst media on the internet. : )

Hmmm... Australia also still has some laws created in the WW1 era, which severely punish disclosure of government secrets. Unfortunately, that law is also applied at anytime - not only when Australia is in serious wartime danger - and it applies to much of the daily work of the public service, not only military secrets. And on top of that, there is no provision for allowing people to disclose government secrets if that disclosure is in the public interest. I saw a documentary series called "Law & Disorder" about how that law was abused by the Australian government, in bullying people who disclosed government secrets, because it was in the public interest. (One was an ex-intelligence officer, Andrew Wilkie, who disclosed the fact that the government had no evidence of any "weapons of mass destruction in Iraq", yet the government lied, saying that it did have that evidence.)

I dislike those Australian laws, myself, because I reckon they go too far.

Australia and Venezuela also both have laws against vilification of people in public office. That is a law that I do question, myself.... I would like it to be made clear to the public exactly what the laws of each country consider to be "vilification".... Venezuela's government educates its people quite well about new laws... but that law hasn't been discussed much in the view of interested international observers like myself, and I would like a quick, clear explanation.... And same for Australia's one, which even citizens of Australia know little or nothing about....

Anyway, I have read alot about how the corporate media in Venezuela has abused its power, broadcasting racist, sexist, pro-violence stuff, as well as incitements to riots, coups and assassinations, and direct support for the 2002 coup, plus constant negative lies and neglect of positive facts about the revolution, which have tricked people into being against the revolution.... And in a country where foreign (mainly U.S.) governments have spent over $50 million so far, supporting a coup and other attempts to use undemocratic means to overthrow the government, including regular violent "demonstrations" and economic sabotage... well, I reckon that the situation in Venezuela is serious enough to make these strict laws to stop the media's abuse of their power.

And if those private media corporations don't act responsibly, for the benefit of society (rather than merely for profits and pro-corporate, anti-socialist political agendas), then I welcome the prospect of replacing them with more community media and democratic government-controlled media.

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 11:23 am
Oh, by the way, I might not have been clear... when I said this: "I dislike those Australian laws, myself, because I reckon they go too far." - I meant I dislike the laws regarding the secrecy of information in jobs working for the government. I reckon those particular Australian laws are too authoritarian, and not enough in the public interest.

: )

Christoffer B (18)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 12:01 am
Gotta love that Chavez style of democracy, silence those that say things you don't like, then everybody will love you.

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 12:58 am
Christoffer IsNotMyAlias wrote: "Gotta love that Chavez style of democracy, silence those that say things you don't like, then everybody will love you."

Christoffer IsNotMyAlias apparently thinks that a few rich people controlling most information sources and using those sources to spread racism and sexism, and spread lies and deceive people, and promote riots, assassinations and coups for their own agenda of hoarding wealth, is ok?

We socialists campaign to share out wealth and power amongst all people. And this includes taking wealth and power from those who have a huge amount, and who are abusing their wealth and power.

Yulan Lawson (156)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 1:06 am
NOted, we have to look out for this innocent county.

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 1:07 am
We democratic socialists don't like alot of things that anti-socialists say. But we don't silence them for merely saying things that we don'tlike.

Anti-socialists have plenty of say in Venezuela. There is freedom of speech in Venezuela. And the capitalist class, who own most of the TV stations, radio stations and newspaper corporations in Venezuela, are so free in Venezuela that they criticise the government of Venezuela more than the media in any other country critiises their own government.

That is not what this Venezuelan law is about.

This Venezuelan law is about stopping media from spreading racism and sexism, and spreading lies and deceiving people, and promoting riots, assassinations and coups.

If you prefer media to continue that, then you are supporting the kind of demagogic media that the nazis used, to promote racism and sexism, and to spread lies and deceive people, and to promote anti-Jewish riots, and other nazi violence.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 2:39 am
I've noted, thanks a lot :).

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 3:02 am
Good on you, Yulan and Angel Sch : )

Anne T (180)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 3:38 am
Thank you Simon, you talk a lot of sense. :)

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 3:49 am
And thankYOU Elfmagic, for your kind words : )

Tim Redfern (581)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 11:46 am
Okay, Simon, mea culpa, my friend.
After having read your reply, I must agree.
Yes, we DO have speech regulations on broadcast media
in the United States. Those of us of a certain age will remember
George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can't Say On T.V." routine
prompting a Supreme Court Hearing in the 1970's.
(btw, Carlin won, in a manner of speaking.)
The are profanity rules regarding broadcast media, although
on Cable programming and Satellite radio, you're allowed to
speak as filthily as you please. I guess they figure that if you're
paying your own money to recieve the service, then..........

Still, NO ONE is allowed to go on broadcast media and say
"Let's kill the President!", or, "Let's take up arms against Washington!".

It reminds me of the old Supreme Court decision about "free speech"
ending when someone yells "fire!" in a crowded theatre.

Thanks again, Simon! :-)

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 9:32 pm
You're very welcome, Pastor Tim : ) And thankYOU for posting this new comment. : )

I wonder.... Doesn't the U.S. media also have rules about what times TV and radio can broadcast adult themes, such as violence? In Australia, there are time regulations to prevent children from viewing "adult programming", similar to movie classifications....

Also, doesn't the U.S. TV and radio stations have regulations about commercial advertising? As I said, Australia certainly has regulations which were created to limit how much advertising is done on TV each hour, etc.... Not many people know about it, though. I only know about it because I watch a particular TV show, on a government TV station, called "Media Watch"... it is a show which focuses on media dishonesty and other media abuses - I find it educational, but also quite fun, because the host presents it with humour (black comedy, irony, sarcasm, etc.). : )

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 9:34 pm
PS, yeah I know the Geroge Carlin routine : ) I like George Carlin : )

Tim Redfern (581)
Friday January 29, 2010, 4:20 am
Simon, I know the "Seven Words" by heart, I'm ashamed to say,
and posting them here would get me banned! :-)

There really are not any limitations on violent
broadcasting in the U.S., not anymore, as far as
the hour of day or night is concerned.
The "family hour", as it was called,
went by the wayside some time ago.

Simon Wood (207)
Friday January 29, 2010, 7:33 pm
Wow, that's weird! That is like puritanism in the modern age! No "rude words" allowed, but even little kids can go see witch-burnings and other executions, torture, etc....

I mean seriously - how is it less harmful for children to see violence on TV, than for them to hear the rude words on TV that they already hear in the playground?

I would not be surprised if this is related to how violent the U.S. is. Venezuela has alot of violence, too, but at least Venezuela is making changes (e.g. these media regulations) to reduce violence in their society....
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