Venezuela: government condemns attack on Globovision TV crew

    MONTREAL, Oct. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders today welcomed
the reaction of authorities that condemned an attack on a film crew from
privately-owned Globovision by pro-government militant group "La Piedrita"
while they were covering a demonstration. The same group launched an attack
against the TV's headquarter on 22 September 2008 (See release of 23 September
2008). The militants attacked and tried to seize film equipment from the
journalists during a demonstration on 10 October in the 23 de Enero district
of the capital Caracas, bastion of "La Piedrita". Metropolitan police quickly
intervened and the Communications and Information Minister, Andrés Izarra,
publicly slammed the "political infantilism" of the militants. Interior and
Justice Minister, Tarek El Aissami, also strongly condemned the attack.
    Reporters Without Borders also welcomed the announcement yesterday by
Andrés Izarra providing airtime for opposition candidates to regional
elections on 23 November on the main public channel Venezolana de Television
(VTV). Two days previously, the minister had however announced restrictions on
official advertising with "putchist" media, an accusation regularly levelled
at the daily El Nacional and Globovision.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111,

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