Looks like ANTV will be no more, at least in its current form: Along with the recent TSJ-led offensive targeted against the 2/3 MUD majority, it seems like the upcoming National Assembly will have to do somehow without its own TV channel.

MUD’s Secretary-General Jesus “Chúo” Torrealba denounced that the master control used by ANTV in the Federal Legislature Palace was “dismantled” and that all equipment has been taken away on New Year’s Eve. Chúo wrote on Twitter that measures are already under way for the January 5th’s opening session of the new AN. “The country and the world will see the inauguration of the new AN…”

The outgoing AN’s leadership has kept its pledge to hand full control of the station to its “workers”. PSUV A.N. member Dario Vivas and  ANTV Chairman confirmed this in a press conference on December 30th. The dubious legal manuver is seen by some as a clear violation of Article 73 of the Telecommunications Law. But broadcasting authority CONATEL didn’t say anything, of course.

For the time being, ANTV has dropped its name and logo on-air. It currently simulcasts State’s main station, VTV. Not just that, the channel changed its formal name to “Audiovisual National Foundation”. Even if Vivas promised that the channel will continue its parliamentary coverage, these actions assume that the channel will focus more on Chavismo’s alternatives to the National Assembly (like the recently installed Comunal Parliament and the grandiloquently-named Presidential Councils of Popular Government, which have their very own legislation thanks to the Enabling Law)

But it isn’t hard to see the true motivation behind this action: making difficult, if not downright impossible the work of the new National Assembly and the information that comes from it.

How far they’re willing to go? Well, by applying the same tactic they used with Avila TV in 2008. After Chavismo lost control of the Caracas Metropolitan Government: Taking away the channel and simply incorporating it into the Communication and Information Ministry. The hegemony is entirely predictable and unabashedly ruthless.

 

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    • it depends how you do your math,

      5 million votes is not equal to 5 million people, according to @puzkas (auditoria del CNE after 6D) there are people who managed to vote at least in 7 different places!

      people voting for them doesn´t mean that they did it for their own will, there are a lot of evidence (mostly in poor barrios and rural areas) where they were forced to vote, and the best evidence for that is the ¨voto nulo¨ ,

      and finally the use of public money to hand devices and all kind of gifts to millions of potential voters just days before the 6D (including the 6D itself),

      those factors helped them to reach a number that otherwise would be easily behind 4 or maybe 3 millions!

      by the way govt has been losing around million votes per year since 2012, so,

      and then if you consider that 8 million people voted to erase them and those people showed to the stations by their own will despite the country´´s streets are surrounding by fear, in a contest that was prepared considering all details by the losers who made up all kind of tricky rules, including a massive uncontested propaganda, and finally add a referee who was a puppet, it means people that no matter what are against them by heart and that is irreversible!

    • On the interview that Vladimir Villegas does to Ramos Allup, Allup said that he’s going to push the audits to the cancerous center of the comunicational hegemony: CONATEL itself.

  1. The government is super concerned about controlling propaganda. Am assuming the opposition will pass a law on the status of who controls what airwaves and the TSJ will declare it as unconstitutional (and Maduro will refuse to enforce it). And this will be the same outcome of all legislative fights.

  2. I think we can safely assume that the only way the new AN will have to communicate is with social media and word of mouth. It’ll just have to be enough.

  3. I would suggest a new law be ennacted which provides that any public or private media recieving 40% of more of its budget from public funds make available at least 12 hours of its prime time weekly programing to broadcast programs reporting on the activities of the National Assembly ,as determined by each of its working commissions , which to be considered of public interest , also a law curtailing the use of official messages which serve as advertisements to the actitivies of the central government to 2 hours a week .

    Additionally one requiring the executive and its entities to present for the approval of the NA a yearly plan ( 12 month in advance) of the advertising budget each plans to spend each year. with a detailed description of the kind of specific messages such advertising will include.

  4. Speaking of the Ceausescu moment, where suddenly a regime crumbles before everyone’s eyes, there is a fascinating new documentary coming out on the power that the western media/movies had on Romania during the mid 1980’s.. This PBS documentary is getting rave revues. It’s called “Chuck Norris vs. communism.” It’s the story of how an entire nation, Romania, was riveted by smuggled western movies and its’ powerful affect on toppling the Ceausescu dictatorship. The similarities between Chavez and Ceausescu are striking. Romanian television was 24 hr, non-stop, party propaganda. It’s no less different than taking away ANTV by the Chavista’s. They are simply afraid of an open media, with different and new ideas, as witnessed by their fearful reaction to Global Vision and RCTV. The point? The closing of media access to the AN by shutting down ANTV should be viewed with alarm by all in MUD. They’ve crossed the Rubicon here, pay attention. Here is the trailer to the Romanian documentary, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eOlTaUxA9I

  5. That still won’t solve the economic problem and the popular discontent. The Venezuelan GDP has fallen 10% in 2015, and it will probably fall even more this year. How can you keep the system running without any funds?

    It’s clear now that the masses in South America won’t disapprove governments out of moral concerns: they can bear anything, given that they are somehow rewarded economically by the status quo. And that has always been a particular reason of frustration for me, because all my life I heard things like: “But you do live well, money is not a problem for you, so why do you dislike the goverment?” And I would reply: “Because they are immoral and corrupt! Isn’t that reason enough?” And I would receive a blank stare and finally hear: “But you still make money, don’t you? What’s wrong with you?” They simply couldn’t get it. In their minds, I was a total hypocrite. But I guess if you are raised by immoral parents, without love, with poor values and poor financial condition, the chances of becoming a typical Chavista are enormous. They will never understand me, but I can understand them. I can imagine how their minds are like because their way of thinking is very rudimentary. And this materialistic/marxist approach in our South American societies, this Sea World’s seal behavior — give me the fish and I support you, dear trainer — has always been the link connecting the Dilmas, Maduros, Evos, Correas with the populations they use as mass of maneuver… But in Venezuela this link has been severed without any chance of repair at least in the next five years! And it’s really nerve-racking if you put yourself in Maduro’s shoes for a second because it’s just not getting any better! Dead-end ahead. Private sector? Destroyed. Oil exports? Ruined. What else do you have? “ANTV”. Ah… What a relief, thank God you have ANTV now, Maduro. Clapping my hands for you…

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