Monday, April 21, 2003

Venezuelan Prez Starves Papers of Newsprint
Govt. Uses Currency Controls to Stifle Press

CHICAGO -- "Freedom of the press," journalist A.J. Liebling wrote back in 1960, "is guaranteed only to those who own one." But, in the face of a vigorous and critical press, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has figured a way around that guarantee: Last month, he imposed currency controls that effectively deny newsprint for those hostile printing presses.

[From Editor&Publisher online]

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