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YouTube Champions Democracy In Chavez’s Venezuela

by | 2nd, June 2007

THE Internet revolution:

When YouTube CEO Chad Hurley told a Congressional committee that his company “advances democracy,” perhaps this was the sort of thing he had in mind.

An opposition Venezuelan television station whose broadcast license has not been renewed by the government is now turning to YouTube to get its message out after its transmitter was taken over by a state-run channel. Hugo Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution” has no time for media groups that criticize his government; Radio Caracas TelevisiĆ³n (RCTV) is now off the air, and another channel, Globovision, could be next, according to CNN.

RCTV journalists and producers have not been arrested or stopped from working, but their main link to the public has been removed. Rather than giving up, the station has turned to YouTube, where it now has its own channel for the show El Observador. A Colombian channel is also broadcasting RCTV content into Venezuela.

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