June 4, 2007
A Venezuelan weblog, Noticias24.com, says the "first manifestations of censorship on the internet" are being felt in the country.
An article posted on 31 May said users of CANTV, the National Telephone Company of Venezuela, were unable to "directly and freely" access the content of Miami-based digital radio stations Radionexx and CaracasRadio TV. It said the broadcasters were "of a radical leaning". But the article noted that "blocking them is completely illegal and a violation of the civil rights of the web users who are free to choose and judge for themselves the pages they want to consult on the internet."
The posting said 80 per cent of Venezuela's internet users access CANTV, which was recently bought by the government. "These are the first pages 'censored' by CANTV that we have news of," it added.