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Government's Patience in the Face of Media Abuse Proves True Democracy

Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States

"The attitude of the Bolivarian Government in the face of the campaign of media terrorism by some private outlets in Venezuela has been coherent and totally patient,” affirmed the ambassador of Venezuela to the Organization of American States (OAS), Roy Chaderton Matos.
The statement was made this Saturday in an interview with Venezolana de Televisión.  Chaderton said that the response of the revolutionary government is in the interest of Venezuelan society and the state and is a frank demonstration of the Venezuela’s practice of true democracy.
Chaderton explained that a balanced presentation of the  reality is against  the interests of some private media: “They are not the ‘fourth power’”, they have become the ‘first power’ in many countries, but in Venezuela, the Bolivarian process has overthrown that power and put it in its place within established legal limits, and with a high degree of tolerance.”

 The Ambassador added that if media behaved in other countries as the private media outlets does in Venezuela, their broadcast transmissions would have long since gone off the air.
“US intellectual Noam Chomsky said that if the media in the United States did what they do in Venezuela, they would have been put on trial and condemned to death, and in Europe life in prison.”
At any rate, he added that in the U.S. a media could have not behaved like a political party and headed a conspiracy to temporarily overthrow the president, as happened in Venezuela in April 2002. In the United States the media is not even permitted to make threats against the head of the state. This would not meet with a moderate sanction, but the maximum penalty.

The executive secretary of the Latin American Journalism Federation (Felap), Ernesto Carmona, expressed Saturday morning in the La Noticia, on Venezolana de Televisión, his rejection to the statements of the OAS and the UN. Representatives of these organizations signaled their concern for the supposed threat of the Bolivarian Government against freedom of expression in Venezuela.
Regarding the private opposition television channel Globovision, Carmona maintained that this media outlet committed licentiousness of expression, developing a campaign of media terrorism.
Chaderton Matos also cited an extensive number of communications consortiums which control international press, that have alliances with ultra-right national media.
Chaderton  highlighted that in this continent  had happened something interesting because, on one hand, there has been progress in the attitude of the state toward society.  On the other hand, the private sector that controls the media has been radicalizing its positions against the interests of the people.
The Ambassador mentioned that the  Chavez' phenomenon in Venezuela  is something that has frightened the media. Thus, there is this racist propaganda against Evo Morales in Bolivia, against indigenous people, against the president of Ecuador Rafael Correa, and Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo. “These media try to denigrate by any means the progressive democracies and social advances of the leftist governments of the continent,” explained Chaderton.
“But the world is changing, because in the most unimaginable places, social transformations are occurring, and world history is being remade,” said the ambassador.
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Press Unit of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States / May 23, 2009

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