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© Arlette Montilla
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UploadedJuly 13, 2008
TakenJune 12, 2008
Exposure1/200 sec at f/4
FlashRed Eye, Compulsory Flash
Focal Length28 mm
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In 2.007 in my country (Venezuela) a critical television station was forced off the air after 53 years of continued transmition. The decision, made by the "President" was based on the fact that this media is called "opposition-sided" and accused of "poisoning" Venezuelans with programming that promotes capitalism. Aren't we free to decide what to watch? Isn't it freedom to enjoy criteria diversity, hear and intelectually decide? Are we so mentally limitated that some soap-opera and comedy will convert us into some "enemy of the revolution"? Where is freedom of expression?

President Hugo Chavez Frías declared war to independant media. Later he declared that Globovision, a private news channel and politically in opossition with his government, will be the next to lose the right to continue on the air. Several papers were submitted in United Nations about the violation of liberty of expression in Venezuela. Is this democracy???

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  • Jason K. Fernández M.

    Jason K. Fernández M. said (15 Jul 2008):

    Great argument, good picture. we have a winner

  • Ben O'Neal

    Ben O'Neal gave props (1 Aug 2008):

    This is such a great shot. It's got my vote - Democracy!

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