Notable Socialist Weasel Shuts Down Opposition Radio Stations
Once again demonstrating the symbiotic relationship between socialism and despotism, Venezuelan President and notable Weeble look-alike Hugo Chavez’s government has revoked the operating licenses of thirty-four stations sympathetic to the cause of democracy:
Some 200 Venezuelans gathered outside a Caracas broadcaster Saturday to protest a decision by President Hugo Chavez’s government to revoke the licenses of 34 radio stations.
The demonstration occurred outside CNB 102.3 FM, which cut its over-the-air transmission Saturday morning on orders from the telecommunications regulatory agency and is now transmitting only over the Internet.
Station director Zaira Belfort said CNB planned to appeal the order, but she warned that the shutdown decision is likely “only the beginning of the closures of free media in Venezuela.”
“This is a government attack,” she said. “We want to keep living in democracy, and once again they’ve silenced us.”
Chavez said Saturday that he approved the telecommunications agency’s decision to shut down radio stations ruled to be operating illegally.
“We’re applauding Diosdado for the decision he has made to take back these stations for the people,” Chavez said, referring to agency chief Diosdado Cabello.
Chavez said previously that the revoked licenses could be given to broadcasters who share his socialist vision.
International media groups and human rights activists have accused the government of trying to stifle dissent. But Cabello denies the government is trying to limit freedom of expression or punish political opponents, saying licenses are being revoked only for violating regulations.
In announcing the revocations Friday, Cabello said some of the 34 stations failed to update their registrations or let their concessions expire, while others held licenses granted to an operator who is now deceased.
What collectivists here in America never understand (or will never concede) is that socialism requires the suppression or elimination of dissent to even be theoretically possible. The suppression of dissenting viewpoints is critical, if one is to be able to constantly write and rewrite history as one sees fit. Especially important is total control of the major means of information dissemination. After all, nothing else could explain how the Soviet Union thought it was possible to convince the people that there was 100 consecutive years of foul weather and bad crops at the heart of their misfortunes. As Venezuela declines further into a socialist hell-hole of Chavez’s own making, it will become more necessary for the rotund circus clown to tighten his grip on any entity with the means to disseminate news and opposing viewpoints.