Opposition rejects discrimination against private TV channel
The coalition underscored, "The Government punishes Globovisión for its editorial approach and because the channel does not serve political partisan interests
"Once again, news TV channel Globovisión is subject to aggressions from the National Government. This time, the launching of Open Digital Television (TDA) rather than good news in the technology field is clearly intended to leave said TV network without signal once broadcasts in analog signal are discontinued. This will prevent Globovisión's signal from reaching Venezuelan homes as it does today.
With this new aggression, which is more than just an action against the channel, the Government violates people's right to be informed, which should be enjoyed by all Venezuelans. Therefore, the Unified Democratic Panel rejects the discrimination against Globovisión, while the channels of the ruling party are privileged and paid with the money of all Venezuelans.
The Government punishes Globovisión for its editorial approach and because the channel does not serve political partisan interests; neither does it serve a single current of thought. (With the decision to exclude Globovisión from TDA), the Government will also punish the Venezuelan people as they will be deprived of the possibility to choose their favorite channel.
This regime discriminates Globovisión and its users. Furthermore, it infringes the constitutional principle of equity.
The Unified Democratic Panel warns about this situation and one more time urges the Government to respect the right to freedom of expression. We also remind the Government that it is users, and not the regime, who decide which Venezuelan channels they want to watch."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.