Prominent chavista pans new Media Law

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Juan Cristóbal says: – Former Constitutional Assembly member and former Ambassador to Mexico Vladimir Villegas wrote a stinging op-ed piece trashing the new Media Law under discussion in the legislature. Villegas, who is also a former president of government mouthpiece VTV, sensibly blasts the law for “legalizing censorship” and “criminalizing journalism.”

He claims the law is not needed because current Venezuelan libel laws are sufficient, and the Constitution has additional provisions regarding the right to respond to information broadcast by the media. He also blasts the government for closing 34 radio stations, saying that the excuses given by Communications Czar Diosdado Cabello about this being “an administrative decision” are bunk.

Read the piece here . The only question one is left with is why Villegas still calls himself a chavista.

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