Mon, 4 June 2007
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Stuart Monkton, Latin American specialist with Greenleft Weekly speaks with Warwick Fry of community radio 2NimFM about the latest attempts to destabilise the elected Venezuelan government. On May 27, the 20-year concession to broadcast over the state-owned Channel 2 airwave, which had been granted to multi-millionaire Marcel Granier’s RCTV, expired. The Chavez government made the decision, in accordance with laws established by a pre-Chavez government, not to renew RCTV’s concession, but instead to use the channel to establish a new public TV station, Venezuelan Social Television (TVes). Opposition forces organised protest demonstrations which were widely reported throughout the western media. No mention was made of the pro-Chavez demonstrations which brought out nearly ten times more people, applauding the government action.