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Eyes Wide Shut: The International Media Looks at Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot writes in International Business Times (also available at ZNet):

RCTV’s owner, Marcel Granier, is an opposition leader who seeks to de-legitimize the Venezuelan government. He has had some success in this effort, most importantly in April 2002 when his station faked film footage to make it look like pro-Chavez gunmen were shooting down demonstrators on the streets of Caracas. This and other manipulations by the Venezuelan media helped provoke a military coup against the elected government. This is one of several reasons that the government of Venezuela declined to renew RCTV’s broadcast license.

Granier’s most recent international organizing effort this year was also very successful. The international press glossed over RCTV’s various attempts to help overthrow the government, reporting the dispute as an issue of “press freedom,” and seemed unaware that such a TV station would not get a broadcast license in the U.S. or any other democratic country.

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