The New York Times
May 29, 2007
The government lashed out at Globovisión, the country’s only remaining television channel that is critical of its policies, accusing it of manipulating images to incite an assassination attempt against President Hugo Chávez. Willian Lara, the communications minister, called for an investigation of Globovisión, a 24-hour news channel, saying semioticians hired by the government had determined that video run by the channel of an assassination attempt in 1981 against Pope John Paul II could be interpreted as hostile to Mr. Chávez. Mr. Lara, who also denounced CNN’s coverage of Venezuela, made his claims as the police dispersed protests for a second day against a decision forcing the dissident network RCTV off the air on Sunday.