Monday, April 23, 2007
Tempers are up in Venezuela over the recent decision by President Hugo Chavez not to renew the license for a private TV station in that country. The President announced that he would not renew the license for RCTV which expires this May after twenty years of broadcast. Chavez accused the station owners of backing a coup which displaced him for power for two days in 2002. He also accused the station of broadcasting pornography and other illicit material. Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets in protest at the decision which they say violates the freedom of the press. Chavez however has stated clearly that he has no intention of backing down. "If we are attacked the counter-attack will be crushing," the Venezuelan leader said.