Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship Next?

As a result of a Venezuelan website falsely reporting the death of a senior government minister, the Internet has now draw the ire of the South American country’s president Hugo Chavez.

The Venezuelan website NoticieroDigital erroneously reported the death of Chavez’s fellow United Socialist Party member, and former President (for a day), Diosdado Cabello. The misreported news languished on the site for two days, further angering El Presidente, according to a Reuters report.

In what is perhaps the quote of the day, Chavez stated, “The Internet cannot be something open where anything is said and done.”

The President continued, saying, “We have to act. We are going to ask the attorney general for help, because this is a crime. I have information that this page periodically publishes stories calling for a coup d’etat. That cannot be permitted.”

Translation of an article now appearing on NoticieroDigital indicates that there were actually two falsely reported deaths and that both were posted by forum users on the website, not by reporters. The website said that it “is taking steps to ensure that such actions never happen again,” and that the forum posters were “permanently suspended.”

NoticieroDigital, which does not appear to be backing down from a fight, also wrote that Chavez’s  accusations against it “poses a serious threat to freedom of expression, threats that are becoming increasingly common in Venezuela, covering TV, radio, print and now Internet.”

Chavez also complained that social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook were being used by his opposition to spread lies and rumors.

A nationwide ban prohibiting the import, production, distribution and selling of violent videogames was enacted in Venezuela earlier this month.

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    hayabusa75 says:

    I’m not necessarily agreeing with Zerodash, but in all fairness Val, you also do your fair share of stereotyping conservatives yourself, as well as insulting and name-calling those who disagree with you, regardless of the topic at hand, and I don’t think anyone who’s watched you since you started posting at GP would disagree.

    "De minimus non curat lex"

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    Like saint ronny(and other neocon lead tacit that has failed us as a society) was the bast thing ever.

    Whos trolling who mate? Whos being a hypocrite?

    Either side that swills the yellow colored koolaid and/or has a hook in their mouth to be lead by is doing a disservice to humanity and gene pool.

    Until lobbying is a hanging offense I choose anarchy!
    CP/IP laws should not effect the daily life of common people!

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    Valdearg says:

    Zerodash seems to think that all liberals love it when government is obsessively intrusive. He also thinks that all liberals think that GWB planned 9/11. Sane people know that this is not the case, that liberals understand that government regulation isn’t always the solution, and GWB did not plan the 9/11 attacks.

    Unfortunately, Zerodash is a complete moron, so he’d rather stereotype and make a total ass out of himself. You should pay no attention to his idiotic comments.

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    nightwng2000 says:

    One does not necessarily live in the nation in which their business resides.

    Citizens have been known to reside in one city but work in another.  Sometimes, even in different states.  This is merely international commuting to the business they own.


    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as

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    Father Time says:

    "There is no native population or citizens of the Internet.  All who visit are travelers, tourists."

    What about people who set up business on the internet?


    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

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    nightwng2000 says:

    The Internet should be, literally, a nation unto itself. 

    Connecting to it the virtual equivilant of international travel.

    The nation of the Internet should have a Constitution, a recognition of Human Rights.

    There is no native population or citizens of the Internet.  All who visit are travelers, tourists.

    This, of course, leaves the question of Internet national leadership and enforcement of Contitutional and Human Rights.  And, as there is no native population or citizens, would, could, should there BE a leadership?  And if not, COULD there be enforcers of the Constitution and defenders of Human Rights within the nation of the Internet?

    And, furthermore, if no leadership or enforcers, who would negotiate, control, or enforce issues of trade and travel between the nation of the Internet and other nations?

    And if no leadership, how would the nation of the Internet be represented in the UN, if at all?  And should it be?

    It’s been a really bad day.  Excuse the gibberish.


    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as

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    DarkSaber says:

    Every website apart from government-hosted ones are privately owned spaces.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    DarkSaber says:

    Depending on the website/forum/message board anyway.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    If you feel you have to silence anyone who disagrees with you you should not hold a public office.

    Besides, giving torret sites, internet censorship in that country wasn’t a question of if but a question fo when.

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