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Arrests of Chavez critics raises fears over free expression focus 03/29/2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Arrests of Chavez critics raises fears over free expression



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03/29/2010

CARACAS — The arrests of an opposition politician and the owner of a television network for statements critical of the government of President Hugo Chavez has rekindled debate here over free speech and democracy in Venezuela.

Chavez supporters deny that the President’s critics are being persecuted, but others see the latest developments as a concerted attempt to silence opposition voices.

“Having an opinion in Venezuela is a crime punished with the loss of freedom. We reject everything that restricts freedom of expression in the country, and the witch hunts against those who assume dissident positions,” said Juan Jose Molina, an opposition member of the National Assembly.... MORE


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