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Venezuela Assembly Passes Law Clamping Down On Media

WorldNews Wednesday, 8 November 2017 ()
Venezuela Assembly Passes Law Clamping Down On MediaVenezuela's all-powerful constitutional assembly passed a wide-reaching law Wednesday that clamps down on social media and broadcasters alike by ordering prison sentences of up to 20 years for anyone who instigates hate, The Associated Press reports. The law, passed by the pro-government assembly amid rousing applause and flag-waving on the chamber floor, prohibits Venezuelans from spreading any message through television, radio or social media that instigates violence or hate. Public and private media outlets are "obligated to broadcast messages aimed at promoting peace, tolerance, equality and respect," the law says. The government backers seemed mainly interested in controlling social...
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Venezuela has approved legislation to clamp down on the media. Any outlet that broadcasts messages “promoting hate and tolerance” will be sanctioned or taken off air. Web pages will be blocked. Television and radio licenses are now required to broadcast at least 30 minutes of programming a week...

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