Anti-Chavez Radio is Raided in Venezuela
Region: Central America and the Caribbean
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Artist: Alberto Federico Ravell
Confronting Bodies: Venezuelan Information Minister, Jesse Chacon
Date of Action: October 2003
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
Description of Artwork: Globovision is a 24-hour news station that is known for anti-government content.
The Incident: On October 3, 2003, Venezuelan officials confiscated transmission equipment from the radio station in Caracas. Jesse Chacon, Information Minister, said that the siezure was part of a routine inspection in response to Globovision operating on frequencies illegally. Last year President Hugo Chavez accused Globovision of supporting a coup against him and threatened to revoke the station's license as well as the licenses of other private stations that he views as biased against him.
Results of Incident: The news channel remained on the air.