Friday, July 31, 2009

Peas in a Pod

Venezuela: 'Freedom of expression must be limited'

Venezuela's top prosecutor insisted Thursday that freedom of expression in Venezuela "must be limited" and proposed legislation that would slap additional restrictions on the country's news media.

The new law would punish the owners of radio stations, television channels and newspapers that have attempted to "cause panic" and "disturb social peace," Attorney General Luisa Ortega said.

It also would punish media owners who "manipulate the news with the purpose of transmitting a false perception of the facts."

"Freedom of expression must be limited," Ortega said.

And Chavez says ...

Chavez denies that he intends to silence critics, saying his government fully respects freedom of expression

Reminiscent of Obama's recent remarks about health care.

"First of all, no one is talking about a government takeover health care plan." --President Barack Obama


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