Director of news channel: “We are a pain in Chávez’s neck”

Director of news channel: “We are a pain in Chávez’s neck”

Alberto Federico Ravell
“I do think that Globovisión faces the risk to be closed. (President Hugo) Chávez has insisted that he is ready to do so (…) We know that we are a pain in Chávez’s neck because we are the only channel with an open signal that tells truths. But we are not a political party. Our mission is to inform people.”

Without mentioning his name, Hugo Chávez called the director of Globovisión “a crazy man with a cannon”

President Hugo Chávez’s threats against the private TV news channel Globovisión “must be taken seriously” because “there is a risk that the government closes our TV channel,” said Alberto Federico Ravell, the director of the TV network, who believes that his only sin is “to inform without flattering” the regime.

“I do consider that Globovisión faces the risk to be closed. Chávez has insisted that he is willing to do so. I think that there is an ongoing legal proceeding and that the President is very upset with his staff because they did not react in time to settle the issue,” Ravell said in an interview with AFP.

Last Sunday, Chávez blamed local private radio and TV stations of “inciting hatred” and “manipulating” the news. He recalled that the government has the power to renew broadcasters’ licenses to use public airwaves.

Without mentioning his name, Chávez called the director of Globovisión “a crazy man with a cannon.”

“I am neither a mad man, nor a conspirator nor an assassin,” Ravell said.

“We know that we are a pain in Chávez’s neck and in the government’s neck because we are the only channel with an open signal that tells truths. But we are not a political party. Our mission is to inform people.”

(File Photo: Alexis Alemán)

Interior Minister: Some media outlet purports to destabilize the country

Minister Tareck El Aissami regretted that government authorities are “slandered and exposed to ridicule through this particular media outlet”

“For some years, the media, particularly one of them,” try to form perceptions “to encourage bloodshed and destabilize the country,” said Minister of the Interior and Justice Tareck El Aissami. “It turned out to be a public health issue. It is misleading information, information which creates unrest, restlessness, uncertainty among our people.”

“That particular media agency plays now the role of spreading terror throughout the national territory,” said El Aissami on leaving a forum against illicit drug abuse.

He regretted that government authorities are “slandered and exposed to ridicule through this particular media outlet.” In addition, he said, when they dare to denounce them and tell the truth about it “devils are unleashed against anybody or any leader who asks for truth and justice.”

“We know that its role is on the sidewalk of violence, on the side of those who do not have the reason, of those unreasonable people, dimmed by hatred and who intend to end with a liberating, humanist process which supports our president.”

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