[Marxism] CARACAS: "Pirate Radio as Public Radio"

Chris Brady cdbrady at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 8 10:49:20 MST 2004

Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 09:29:10 -0800

[rather than shutting up, Chavez is actually INCREASING freedom of
expression in Venezuela] :

Pirate Radio as Public Radio, in the President's Corner

New York Times, CARACAS JOURNAL, March 8, 2004


CARACAS, Venezuela, March 7 - The sound room of Radio Perola, a small
community station on the poor edge of this city, is papered with posters
celebrating Latin American revolutionaries like Fidel Castro and
offering a stern warning to the behemoth to the north: "Death to the
Yankee Invader."
        With Venezuela on edge, stations like Radio Perola are poised to
play an even bigger role in this oil-rich nation's political battle.
        Instead of shutting down his news media tormenters, Mr. Chávez's
tactic appears to be to ignore them as much as possible while relying on
former ham radio operators and low-budget television stations to get the
government's message across.
        "This is a counterbalance," said one of Nuevo Día's operators,
Armando Farias, 37, referring to the new dynamic with the private
stations. "Right now, it is balanced one way. Our idea is to
counterbalance the other way."


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