Repressing the media

Miami Herald, by Christopher Walker
President Hugo Chávez has put the assault on Venezuela's already-beleaguered media into overdrive. The recent arrest of a major television-channel owner, efforts to revoke dozens of radio-station licenses and possible controls on the Internet come amid a longer-term campaign to stifle dissent in this increasingly authoritarian country.
Even more disturbing, however, is that Venezuela represents just one part of a broader pattern of systematic media repression exerted by a group of influential, regionally diverse authoritarian regimes. These governments -- including in Russia, Iran and China -- have played a central role in the global setback for freedom of expression. Read more.

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