English | News | Video | 30 julio 2012

Chávez government bans NGO TV spots denouncing abuse of public resources in campaign (videos)

Chávez government bans NGO TV spots denouncing abuse of public resources in campaign In a move more unbelievable than unexpected, President Hugo Chávez’ government placed a ban this week on several public service announcement TV spots that were being aired on a private television channel in Venezuela. The clips detail violations currently being committed by Chávez in his reelection campaign, namely the use of State television and radio channels to air political advertising above and beyond the limits set by the National Electoral Council (CNE) for ongoing presidential elections. ... ver más
English | News | 19 julio 2012

Chávez uses the power of his government to give himself an edge (What’s Next Venezuela?)

Chávez uses public media and State funds to finance his campaign Facing what has become the closest electoral campaign of his life, Hugo Chávez is using the full force of the government, including its near-monopoly on the media, to give him an extra edge ahead of the October 7 vote. Two new polls are showing opposition candidate Henrique Capriles narrowing the gap with Chávez, with one poll even showing the two candidates in a virtual tie. ... ver más
English | News | 19 julio 2012

Henrique Capriles: Public media and mandatory radio and TV broadcasts should not be used for political propaganda

"I am entitled only to three minutes of airtime on mass media each day" Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said that the government “stopped liking the Constitution and laws a while ago” and the “abuse of power” continues, especially in the election campaign. Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said that the “abuse of power” during the election campaign, under the form of mandatory nationwide radio and television broadcasts and the use of public funds for the government’s candidate electioneering, will be punished by the people next October 7, in the presidential election. ... ver más
English | News | 19 julio 2012

Hugo Chávez and Henrique Capriles promise to respect election regulations (AP)

Chávez addresses the military in mandatory national broadcast CARACAS – Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his main contender Henrique Capriles signed an agreement Tuesday, committing to respect electoral regulations during the campaign in the run-up to presidential elections on October 7. Despite having signed the pact, Capriles expressed his displeasure, indicating that the final document presented by electoral authorities failed to explicitly put forth actions to be taken to limit Chávez’ frequent use of cadenas—national broadcasts—that oblige all Venezuelan television and radio to interrupt their programming and transmit presidential addresses. ... ver más
English | News | 17 julio 2012

Venezuela: Concentration and Abuse of Power Under Chávez (Human Rights Watch, report)

Informe de Human Rights Watch destaca abusos de Chávez en los medios públicos The concentration of power under President Hugo Chávez has taken a heavy toll on human rights in Venezuela, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 133-page report, “Tightening the Grip: Concentration and Abuse of Power in Chávez’s Venezuela”, documents how the accumulation of power in the executive and the erosion of human rights protections have allowed the Chávez government to intimidate, censor, and prosecute critics and perceived opponents in a wide range of cases involving the judiciary, the media, and civil society. ... ver más
English | News | 15 julio 2012

Public funds strengthen Chávez’ reelection campaign (Alerta Electoral)

In Official Gazette No. 39.937 of June 5, 2012, an additional credit of Bs. 1,196,344,526 (US$278,219,657.02) was approved for the Ministry of Communication and Information. This represents a 57% increase over its approved budget (Bs. 764,181,495) for 2012. Five opposition members of parliament dissented from the majority. ... ver más
English | News | 15 julio 2012

13 hours of mandatory government programming on radio and television in 16 days (Alerta Electoral)

Chávez has registered 64 hours of mandatory national broadcasts since he began campaigning in January From the time President Hugo Chávez officially registered his candidacy for reelection to a fourth term of office, he aired mandatory official broadcasts (presidential speeches) that added up to 13 hours of programming. Democratic Alternative candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski seeks for the official broadcasts to be limited to matters of national interest as of the beginning of the presidential campaign. ... ver más
English | News | 15 julio 2012

Venezuela’s Chavez Uses National Address To Slam Opposition (Bloomberg)

Chávez has registered 64 hours of mandatory national broadcasts since he began campaigning in January Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez used a system of national broadcasting known as “cadena” today to criticize Henrique Capriles Radonski, the opposition candidate he will face in elections set for Oct. 7. “He is a daddy and mommy’s boy,” Chavez said in a speech to the country’s armed forces at a military base in Caracas carried on Venezuelan State television and radio stations. ... ver más
English | News | 14 julio 2012

Dangerous Uncertainty ahead of Venezuela’s Elections (International Crisis Group)

International Crisis Group alerts of Chávez use public resources in his reelection campaign EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Uncertainty over President Hugo Chávez’s health adds to Venezuela’s fragility in the run-up to October’s presidential election. Amid deep polarisation, his illness overshadows the campaign, while the personalised nature of his rule, weakened institutions, and high levels of criminal violence bode ill for stability even beyond the polls. ... ver más
English | News | 12 julio 2012

Venezuela Election Board Calls for Peaceful Presidential Campaigns (Wall Street Journal)

Venezuelan election officials said Thursday they were drafting an agreement to be signed by presidential candidates that aims to maintain peace and fairness during a campaign season where mudslinging has become common and amid rising concerns about violence. Supporters of the two major hopefuls, President Hugo Chavez and opposition leader Henrique Capriles, have accused the opposing camp of stirring unrest and violating election law. ... ver más