Anti-Chavez Radio is Raided in Venezuela

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Date: 2003

Region: Central America and the Caribbean

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Radio


Artist: Alberto Federico Ravell

Confronting Bodies: Venezuelan Information Minister, Jesse Chacon

Date of Action: October 2003

Location: Caracas, Venezuela

Description of Artwork: Globovision is a 24-hour news station that is known for anti-government content.

The Incident: On October 3, 2003, Venezuelan officials confiscated transmission equipment from the radio station in Caracas. Jesse Chacon, Information Minister, said that the siezure was part of a routine inspection in response to Globovision operating on frequencies illegally. Last year President Hugo Chavez accused Globovision of supporting a coup against him and threatened to revoke the station's license as well as the licenses of other private stations that he views as biased against him.

Results of Incident: The news channel remained on the air.

Source: www.nytimes.com