Venezuela rejects concerns from UN, OAS on media

May 24, 2009 05:19

A top diplomat on Saturday defended Venezuela's investigation into a leading anti-government television station, rebuffing the concerns of UN and OAS officials that President Hugo Chavez's government is threatening free speech. Venezuela's ambassador to the Organization of American States, Roy Chaderton, accused the Globovision TV network of "media terrorism" and said that foreign observers passing judgment on Venezuela are beholden "to the interests of the private media." Regulators are investigating Globovision for allegedly inciting "panic and anxiety" in its coverage of a minor earthquake on May 4. The station couldn't reach the head of Venezuela's seismological agency for comment after the quake, and criticized the government for its slow response.

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