English | The Law | 7 octubre 2012

What is a Cadena Nacional de Radio y Televisión, or National Blanket Broadcast in Venezuela?

In Venezuela, a “national chain” broadcast (Cadena Nacional de Radio y Televisión) is an obligatory National Blanket Broadcast that—by law—must be aired by all domestic radio and television stations. The mechanism allows President Hugo Chávez to commandeer the airwaves at any time for as long as he wishes. He gives speeches for hours, sings and chants with members of his government and political party. In early 2012 and in violation of the Venezuelan Constitution and anti-corruption law, Chávez repeatedly and blatantly utilized the National Blanket Broadcast to promote his presidential election campaign and attack his opponent Henrique Capriles.