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Curbing free speech still more, authorities arrest two opponents over comments made in public

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information VenezuelaAmericas Organisation New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets RSF_en August 25, 2020 Find out more The arrests of two well-known opponents of President Hugo Chávez for statements made in public, together with the government’s recently declared intention of regulating the Internet, have raised serious concerns about the future of free speech in Venezuela.Given the government’s tendency to treat any criticism or verbal attack as an act of “conspiracy against the state,” one wonders whether Venezuelans are still allowed to say anything at all about their country and their president.The first to be arrested was former Zulia state governor Oswaldo Álvarez Paz, who said during an 8 March interview on Globovisión, a privately-owned TV station critical of the authorities, that “Venezuela has become a drug-trafficking hub.” He has been held since 22 March and is facing two to 16 years in prison on charges of inciting crime, conspiracy and spreading false information.The second was Globovisión owner Guillermo Zuloaga, who criticised the government at the Inter-American Press Association’s annual meeting on the nearby island of Aruba on 21 March, condemning “the lack of free expression when a government uses its force to repress and close media, when there are more than 2,000 ‘cadenas’ and when the president uses his authority to manipulate public opinion”. Arrested on 25 March and granted a provisional release the same day, subject to his not leaving the country, Zuloaga is facing six to 30 months in prison on a charge of insulting the president (the penalty being increased by a third when the insult is voiced in public) and another two to five years in prison for “inciting collective panic by means of false information through the press.”The charges brought against Álvarez are doubly unfounded. How on earth could his comment be regarded as “inciting crime” or “conspiracy”? There are also absolutely no grounds for accusing Zuloaga of “inciting collective panic.” The charge of insulting the president – a monarchic heritage that has been abandoned or repealed in most democratic countries – results in an almost automatic conviction. It is also questionable whether Venezuela’s courts have jurisdiction over Zuloaga’s case as his comments were made in Aruba, a separate country. The prosecution should have been brought before an Aruban court.Zuloaga, who has other prosecutions pending, has a fraught past. Along with other media owners, he supported an attempted coup d’état against Chávez in April 2002 but was never tried in connection with his actions at the time although arguably they could have constituted grounds for a conspiracy charge. “Bombard the network”The government is meanwhile again using political score-settling as grounds for tightening its grip on the media at time when it is in difficulty and facing discontent. President Chávez now wants government controls to be extended to the Internet and is about to launch his own blog.A president has a right to start a blog but does he have to justify his initiative by vowing to “bombard the network”? A president is supposed to guarantee civil peace, but Chávez’s bellicose vocabulary sounds like the “incitement” that he has accused his foes of practising.The pledge of an Internet offensive was made in response to the posting of false information on the Noticierodigital website’s forum section. The information, which was quickly withdrawn, was posted by visitors to the site, not by the site’s staff, whose good faith has never been in question.There are no grounds for the heralded controls over the Internet, which reflect the government’s pointless and dangerous desire to establish its complete ascendency over the media. It is impossible to completely prevent false news and information from being disseminated. And what are the definitive criteria of truth anyway? VenezuelaAmericas March 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Curbing free speech still more, authorities arrest two opponents over comments made in public Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves livescenter_img to go further News Follow the news on Venezuela News June 15, 2020 Find out more January 13, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuelalast_img read more


Crash, flash and dash at Laem Chabang Golf Club, Pattaya

first_imgUp until a few weeks ago, we would have come back to Links Bar where the ladies would have served us a nice cooked meal and we would have a cold beer, or drink of choice.Nowadays, sadly, since we are not currently playing competition, there were no presentations to be done so it was drop the bags off, have a quick chat and head off home. Better days are ahead.We will meet again on Wednesday and hope for a rain free round. As Thailand needs rain badly, we are quite happy for a deluge – after we finish. Loading…Sponsored ContentThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World We were assigned the C and A nines, so one of our organisers went to the meet the starter at the C course to announce our arrival.The friendly and efficient lady starter told us that we could start early, so the first of our seven four-balls teed off 15 minutes before schedule in hot weather, but with a threat of some rain. Two groups in front of us were a little slow and our first groups lost that 15 minutes during the first nine.A very dark, large cloud had been hovering over the course for some time and when our first group was walking from the ninth green a light sprinkle of moisture followed them. Dark clouds looming over Laem Chabang.Pattaya Sports Club Links Golf SocietyMonday, May 11 Laem Chabang C+A StablefordMonday morning was hot, 32 degrees, feels like 42, as we arrived at Links, but we were going to Laem Chabang which made everyone feel better.We arrived at Laem Chabang Golf Club to the usual bag drop area where we found two tables for the temperature checks and forms to fill, etc., then inside to the usual counter to pay the very good special price of 2059 baht all in. As the next group walked onto that green the rain became much heavier accompanied by a background of loud claps of thunder.Then, as flashes of lightning seemed to be getting closer, the hooter sounded, warning everyone to evacuate the course. Eventually 28 players, 28 carts, 28 caddies and some officials gathered in the shelter of the clubhouse.During the next two hours the rain would ease, teasing that we might go back out, but then come back heavier still, and the lightning got closer. As it was getting late and it seemed play was not possible in the near term, stumps were drawn.Promoted ContentbrainberriesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love Withbrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberries10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dobrainberriesbrainberries The golf course is in such great condition, and the players were enjoying it, that it was a shame to not get on the A nine and complete the round.Then came some great customer service as we were offered rain check vouchers where, when we return to make use of those vouchers, we will pay only half the already heavily discounted price. That’s how to treat your customers. Thanks, Laem Chabang.Day over, it was back to Pattaya where hardly any rain had fallen at all, of course! Promoted Content10 Actors That Started Their Careers On SoapsbrainberriesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorebrainberriesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Thembrainberries10 Risky Jobs Some Women DobrainberriesFake brand-name goods worth over 100 million baht seized in Bangkok – Patt…8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthbrainberries8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgetsbrainberries18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsbrainberriesAll quarantines in Thailand apply same rules for both Thai and foreign arr…9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RolebrainberriesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadebrainberriesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YoubrainberriesPattaya will survive the coronavirus pandemonium for a very obvious reason…Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldbrainberriesThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO Historybrainberrieslast_img read more