Venezuela Silences Reporting on Oil
Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2002
Venezuela's government all but silenced independent broadcast news reporting of a nationwide general strike called Tuesday to support a work slowdown at the state oil monopoly that has roiled international oil markets.
President Hugo Chavez used a law to force all TV and radio stations to transmit dozens of government broadcasts insisting all was normal Tuesday, angering Venezuela's largest labor and business confederations, which called the 24-hour strike. MORE