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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:12 PM

Judge tosses RCTV claims against DirecTV on Venezuela broadcasts

Judge tosses RCTV claims against DirecTV on Venezuela broadcasts
By Karen Freifeld

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A New York judge has dismissed claims against DirecTV Latin America for ending the distribution of programming by broadcaster RCTV under pressure from the Venezuelan government.

"The court cannot force DTV to act as RCTV's champion in its feud with the government of Venezuela," Justice Shirley Kornreich wrote in her decision, filed on Wednesday in New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The case stems from a move by Venezuela revoking RCTV's license in May 2007, saying the channel was opposed to President Hugo Chavez. The action against RCTV, Venezuela's oldest broadcaster, was condemned internationally.

RCTV then entered into a five-year agreement with DirecTV Latin America in July 2007 to distribute its signal to subscribers in Venezuela.


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