Be sure to check out my new piece in TNR, on the sacrilegious thought that shutting down RCTV and those radio stations is one of the smartest moves Chávez ever made. A taste:
Welcome to the world of twenty-first century censorship: censorship without censors. The Chávez government operates nothing so crass and cumbersome as an old-fashioned censorship board. Instead, by keeping broadcast editors and station managers under the vague but constant threat of shutdown, it relies on them to silence their organizations. And it is wildly effective.
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