Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Restricting Venezuelan speech

There shouldn't be any doubt that Hugo Chavez is an oppressive tyrant, but in case there is, keep this in mind:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has forbidden the use of his “name, image and figure” on any kind public building, as well as for use in “political, social and community organizations” and any old advertising campaigns.

The law announced today indicates that the image or name of Hugo Chávez can only be used with previous and explicit consent from the head of state and only for “political and social activities, or pro-Chávez propaganda in posters, banners and/or flyers.” [emphases added]

(from Hispanically Speaking News)

Political dissent? Fine, as long as you don't speak the actual name of, you know, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Unless you get permission.

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