Chavez targets critical media mogul
June 12, 2010 4:52PM
A VENEZUELAN court has issued an arrest warrant against Guillermo Zuloaga, president of Globovision, a TV network fiercely critical of President Hugo Chavez.
Mr Zuloaga's lawyer Perla Jaimes said that members of Venezuela's intelligence service showed up at the Globovision president's home with an arrest warrant for him and his son.
Neither Mr Zuloaga, 67, nor his son were at home, the lawyer said.
Attorney General Luisa Ortega told reporters that the arrest warrant was related to a May 2009 case in which Mr Zuloaga was accused of illegally storing 24 vehicles.
In March, Mr Zuloaga was arrested for statements he made in the Dutch island of Aruba, and charged with the crime of offending Mr Chavez and spreading false information. A Caracas court also ordered him not to leave the country.
Venezuela on Thursday announced a new government agency with the power to suppress or curtail "any information" deemed of national interest.
International organisations and rights groups, as well as several governments, including the US, have expressed concern over free speech in Venezuela as Mr Chavez expands his socialist agenda.
Who will be the first Australian media / mining / owner to be charged with the following “………the crime of offending Mr Rudd and spreading false information”
Australian Labor Party members and Union officials and supporters wrote the following invitation to the man who has an arrest warrant out for a man who is accused of committing the crime of “illegally storing 24 vehicles”
We, the undersigned citizens of Australia, would like to extend a warm invitation for you to visit our country. We have watched developments in Venezuela with great interest. We have been impressed by the great effort that your government has taken to improve the living standards of the majority of Venezuelans. We have also noted with keen attention the moves that your government has begun to make to create a society based on popular participation in all spheres of society—from the workplace up to the national government.
Although we are on the opposite side of the globe we feel that our shared ideals of social justice and democracy bring us close together. Every country has its own traditions and culture and has to find its own solutions, but what Venezuela has been able to achieve in so little time will be a source of inspiration and ideas for many in Australia.
In this light we believe that a visit to our country by yourself would not only help to improve the awareness of the Australian people of developments in Venezuela, but also be an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the ties of friendship and solidarity between our two peoples.”
Who are "We the undersigned citizens of Australia " ? well they signed their names to the above invitation and the full list can be read at the link below.