October 16, 2008
CARACAS -- A television news channel in Venezuela could face fines after a talk show guest suggested that President Hugo Chávez could be executed by government opponents just like Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Venezuela's television and radio regulatory agency, Conatel, claims the Globovisión TV channel violated broadcasting laws this week when newspaper editor Rafael Poleo said Chávez should be careful or he could end up ''hanging'' like Mussolini.
Globovisión director Alberto Federico Ravell denied any wrongdoing.
Talk show host Leopoldo Castillo warned Poleo that his comments could be interpreted as a violation of the law.
Conatel informed Globovisión on Thursday that the network has 30 days to appeal possible sanctions.