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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 09:13 AM
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Cartoon Coup DEtat
by Paul Haste / May 28th, 2007
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2007/05/cartoon-coup-d%E2... /

The Presidential Palace is in our hands; why dont you show that? Chvezs supporters shouted to the journalists instead, RCTV was broadcasting Looney Tunes cartoons.

Venezuela takes an important step towards democratizing its media on 28 May when a billion dollar media corporation loses its television broadcast license to those who almost never have a voice, in President Hugo Chvezs words.

Radio Caracas Television RCTV and its multi-millionaire owner, Marcel Granier, who are about to lose their unceasing political war against Chvez and Venezuelas Bolvarian revolution, are claiming that independent media are being closed down, that Chvez is a dictator intent on restricting freedom of expression and democratic rights.

Reporters without Borders declares that RCTV losing its license is a serious attack on editorial pluralism, while editorials in US newspapers have predictably misrepresented the controversy, claiming Chvez is retaliating against his critics in the opposition media who disagree with the Bolvarian revolution.

The reality is rather different. As Reporters without Borders doesnt mention, perhaps understandably so, given its financing by the US State Departments National Endowment for Democracy which also finances rightist opposition political parties in Venezuela RCTV was an active participant in the violent coup detat that deposed President Chvez for almost 48 hours in 2002.

On the day of the coup, RCTV abandoned all pretense to report news impartially, calling opposition supporters to illegally demonstrate at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas while showing the constant on screen message Ni un paso atras: Not one step back.

It deliberately showed film from one angle to falsely claim that Chvez supporters were firing on opposition demonstrators, when another camera angle would have shown that Chvez supporters were defending themselves from sniper attacks no opposition demonstrators were in sight. The constant repeated broadcasting of this film was then used as justification for some military officers to declare their disobedience to the president, and these declarations were faithfully broadcast to attempt to legitimize a military takeover.

The American editorial writers who fail to mention all this, also fail to comment on the Venezuelan medias support for the subsequent fascist junta that took control in Caracas and proceeded to dismiss the entire Supreme Court and the Congress, suspend the constitution, arrest the democratically elected president and then sent armed police onto the streets to suppress any resistance.
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2007/05/cartoon-coup-d%E2... /

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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 09:44 AM
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1. RWB is a rightwing front..
No more, no less...it appeals to liberals (and the RIGHT) who still believe that thought control works. You know...if you line up a nation every night at 6 o'clock and tell them lies; that was free speech and press freedom and the rest of the bullshit 'property rights'

It was founded originally as Helsinki Watch...a US government 'human rights' front to counter the other guy's bullshit 'peace' fronts.

What Chavez is doing should be done in most western countries...I am sick and tired about having to read propaganda that is ONLY supported by the rich, the corrupt and the stupid.

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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 10:01 AM
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2. Thankyou. I was looking for something like that.
:hi:
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 10:36 AM
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3. I agrtee 100%.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 12:05 PM
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4. You've linked to a piece about Human Rights Watch, not Reporters Without Borders
Founded as "Reporters Sans Frontires" in 1985, it's based in Paris.
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 12:12 PM
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5. Oh accuracy is your concern? LOL n/t
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 12:44 PM
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6. No, accuracy is my bicycle. Llamas are my concern. (n/t)
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 02:27 PM
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7. Sure...
and your other great concern is NOT the hundred journalists murdered by the US, but the one being held by Arabs in Israel...?

Strange priorities...

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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 03:15 PM
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8. Are you trying to get serious now?
OK, if you mean to be serious after all, then accuracy is important. Linking to the wrong article is pretty pointless, isn't it? Why haven't you linked to the article you meant to, after I pointed out your mistake? That would mean we had something relevant to the OP to talk about.

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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 04:05 PM
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9. So...
the IDF can't find a white bald guy in the Occupied Territories?

Funny they seem to have NO trouble finding children playing on beaches...

There is no mistake and I don't care what you think on this any other subject...
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 04:22 PM
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10. Have you something correct to say about Reporters Without Borders?
Don't try to divert this thread about Venezuela into my choice of avatar and signature. You tried to criticise RWB, but all you had to say about them actually referred to a completely separate organisation. That was your mistake. If you're going to post on a thread about Venezuela and the media, then you have to care about a subject other than Alan Johnston - ie Venezuela.

If you haven't got a criticism of RWB, then admit it. If you have, post it.
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 05:39 PM
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11. ...
Oldie but a goodie

It's an INTEL front ... live with it.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 06:09 PM
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12. There, that wasn't so hard, was it?
All you have to do is keep your facts straight.
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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 06:27 PM
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13. Thx...
are you now going to paid me for the research like a good journalist or are you going to steal it.

Jeez...since the whole concept of governments/corps/etc setting up Intel fronts groups as NGOs isn't on your radar, I'm glad I didn't mention Operation Mockingbird or Cooper's 4 year stint with the CIA.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 06:34 PM
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15. You're Diana Barahona? I'd have thought Counterpunch would have paid you
If you didn't get paid for the original article, then begging on DU a couple of years later is unlikely to work.

I was already aware of the money that RWB receive from the US government (after all, it's mentioned in the OP). I take anything it says about Cuba with a pinch of salt - just as I do for anything a Cuban news source says.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-29-07 11:54 AM
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16. Really great article. Excellent. Thank you. n/t
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 06:28 PM
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14. KICK
:kick:
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