Venezuelan prosecutors charge head of anti-Chavez TV channel

Venezuelan prosecutors filed charges against the head of opposition-aligned TV news channel Globovision on Friday, accusing him of usury and conspiracy to commit a crime after authorities seized 24 new vehicles on his property. The channel's president and owner, Guillermo Zuloaga, called the charges "harassment" as he left a prosecutors' office, insisting he had not broken the law. The government is pursuing a spate of investigations against Globovision that could lead to its closure. The station is strongly critical of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's government, and Zuloaga said the charges were meant to intimidate him and the channel. A court earlier this week barred the businessman and his son from leaving the country.