A Circus But No Bread

Por Venezuela Real - 23 de Mayo, 2007, 11:37, Categoría: Imagen gobierno / Chávez

Mary Anastasia O'Grady
The Wall Street Journal  / Arcaya & Asociados
May 2007

"The characteristic feature of the market price is that it tends to equalize  supply and demand."
 --Ludwig von Mises, "Human Action," 1949
 
The Venezuelan government will seize control of Radio Caracas Television  on Sunday, finally making good on a threat to silence one of the country's  most important independent news sources. It is no coincidence that this is  happening at a time when Venezuelans are suffering a shortage of key  foodstuffs.
 
Free-speech protections in Venezuela have been steadily eroding for the past  eight years, and most other television stations already practice self-  censorship. With the expropriation of RCTV, there is only one other  independent voice -- Globovision -- left standing. This assault on free speech  has even provoked criticism by the Organization of American States, which has been silent about President Hugo Chávez's many other offenses against democracy.

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