When the inalienable is unviable



“We are unviable economically because our earnings no longer cover our costs. We can’t even raise [employee] salaries enough to compensate for inflation and devaluation. We are unviable politically because because we are in a country that is totally polarized, and on the opposite side of a government that wants to see us fail. And we are unviable in the legal sense, because our broadcasting license is ending soon, and there is no will to renew it.”

Guillermo Zuloaga, head of the last remaining critical TV station in Venezuela, explaining how he was hounded into selling Globovision to a government crony

There’s something irredeemably fucked up about a country where your ability to broadcast is directly dependent on your ability to stay off the government’s shit list. And that’s true here, in Cochin-China and in Timbuktu, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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  1. I know “from here to Timbuktu” is an idiom in English, but to be pedantic, press freedom in Mali is actually better than Venezuela. There is a plethora of French radio stations with a range of views, RFI aka Radio France and French BBC is available throughout the country free over the air!! No need to insult Malians here.

  2. God Quico, haven´t you learned ANYTHING about your country from Miguel Tinker Salas? Go on El Universal or El Nacional´s websites! Confirmations of robust freedom of speech in Venezuela abound!

  3. Its funny that even TV stations that have self-censored themselves like Venevisión and Televén are still seen as enemies of the revolution in the eyes of the hard-line chavistas.

  4. Ok. One one side, Chavismo closing in on basic freedoms, and on the other side a collapsing economy that could lead to another Caracazo. Is that where Venezuela is?

  5. From what I understand they made lots of money and their workers are very high payed compared to the rest of the media groupings and why wait to after the election to dump it, some in the twitter-verse are calling for expropriation.

    Juan Domingo Cordero does seem tied to the Boli- Bourgeoisie but which of you fine researchers, writers and everyday people can give info as such and who is he tied to in the bureaucracy since there are many factions?

    Your Rojo Rojito

  6. This is hilarious. So the advocates of capitalism are upset that a privately run TV station can’t turn a profit and must be sold because of its inability to do so. But of course it is not the responsibility of that privately run TV station, it must somehow, in a way that they cannot actually explain or provide proof for, be the fault of the government. Both absurd and pathetic at the same time.


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