Venezuela Jails More Journalists

Did you know Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela made some ‘reforms’ to their criminal code a couple years ago. The result being they can now lock up journalists who print anything bad about them.

The Virginia-based World Press Freedom Committee says thatDavid Perez Hansen defamation of a public official remains a crime in dozens of countries, including in several democracies, “where legislators should know better than to allow such poor examples to exist.” The committee said countries where defamation laws are in effect include Russia, Ethiopia, Cambodia and Tajikistan.

The situation is particularly acute in Venezuela. The Virginia press group said in a report released in April that Venezuelan criminal code “reforms” that took effect in 2005 stiffened penalties for defamation of the country’s president, attorney general, National Assembly legislators and senior military leaders. Penalties for defamation increased from a maximum of 30 months in prison to a new maximum of four years’ imprisonment if the defamation is made in a document distributed to the public.

No word if the criminal code also covers lawyers.

link: Many Reporters Worldwide Face Prison

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Ahmadinejad And Charlie Rose

Couldn’t help but notice on Charlie’s website that next week he will have Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad on his show. Or as Charlie puts it, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Anyone who gives that terrorist the time of day is giving too much. Anything he does on camera in this country will become his propaganda, which the left has no problem whatsoever in producing. They usually call that being patriotic. Especially when Charlie agrees with him that we shouldn’t be in Iraq, war for oil, Bush, Cheney, Halliburton, and of course, but not limited to, Abu Ghraib. The nutroots will be sure to watch and learn.

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