The head of an opposition-aligned TV station in Venezuela banned by President Chavez has said he may air programmes from Mexico.
Marcel Granier, the head of Radio Caracas TV (RCTV) – taken off the air on 27 May – said he would broadcast to Venezuelans by any means possible.
He said he had “good friends” in Mexican broadcasting, though he did not specify a deal.
President Hugo Chavez replaced RCTV with a state-funded broadcaster.
“Our commitment… is to re-establish that contact [with Venezuelans], either from Venezuela or from abroad, by any means possible, by cable, by satellite, by internet,” Mr Granier told reporters in Mexico City, according to the Associated Press.
Ed Morrisey comments:
The distance would be too great for television broadcasts, unless RCTV can get repeaters closer to Venezuela to carry their signal. Cable seems problematic, as Chavez can probably keep providers from carrying the new station. RCTV’s best opportunities will be satellite and Internet ventures.
This will force Chavez to impose ever-stricter state control over the media if he expects to block them. Those kinds of censorship will only inflame opposition even further, creating a vicious circle of despotism that will undo Chavez in the long run.
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