Dorothy Kronick

Dorothy J. Kronick is a Fulbright scholar in Venezuela.

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Hugo Chavez's Television Crisis

The Venezuelan government recently took over the nation's most popular TV station. How legitimate was the move?

Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez raises his fist during a rally to support his decision to not renew the license of RCTV broadcasting station in Caracas on June 2. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The nonstop clamor that carpets Caracas was even louder than usual this week. Among the customary honking and engine-gunning and omnipresent reggaeton were the sounds of a city reacting to the disappearance of its most popular TV station, Radio Caracas Television, which went off the air last Sunday at midnight. Those celebrating the Venezuelan government's decision not to renew RCTV's broadcasting license partied in the streets, lighting firecrackers, blaring salsa music, singing. Others protested: families banged pots in their windows, businesses synchronized and set off their security alarms, thousands chanted "lib-er-tad, li-ber-tad" at the largest student demonstrations in Venezuela's democratic history. Helicopters crisscrossed the valley. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets. These loud eight days made headlines across the globe. Governments, journalists, NGOs, and academics of all stripes have broadcast their views -- some sanguine, some sinister -- of...