Venezuela: The Eternal Question

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 1, 2009

Is it all right if we call Hugo Chavez a dictator now?

Venezuela’s top prosecutor insisted Thursday that freedom of expression in Venezuela “must be limited” and proposed legislation that would slap additional restrictions on the country’s news media.

The new law would punish the owners of radio stations, television channels and newspapers that have attempted to “cause panic” and “disturb social peace,” Attorney General Luisa Ortega said.

It also would punish media owners who “manipulate the news with the purpose of transmitting a false perception of the facts.”

“Freedom of expression must be limited,” Ortega said.

I trust that people who in the past resisted tagging Chavez with the “dictator” label won’t have any more objections to the practice. Evidence of his tyrannical inclinations is well nigh irrefutable by now.

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