Surely Bertolt Brecht could not have done better…

You, sir, have been topped.

You, sir, have been topped.

A few years ago, Teodoro Petkoff made audiences guffaw with  his bon mot about how, more and more, the Chávez government treats the Constitution as though it were a subversive pamphlet.

Today, as we greet news that the government is actually moving to stop an opposition newschannel from broadcasting any discussion of one of the constitution’s articles, Teodoro’s words look less like playful hyperbole and more like a dadaist kind of prescience.

Globovisión stands accused of “inciting hatred, uncertainty and an alteration of public order” for…quoting words from Article 231 of the 1999 constitution (you know the one, the one that Chávez used to describe as “the best in the world”.) Conatel’s action includes language banning the publication not just of the offending clips but of any material that may be considered similar to them – effectively censoring any discussion of article 231.

You would say it reads like satire, except El Chigüire would never go for something so ham-fisted, so obvious.

A final thought: if Globovision puts together some clips about Article 58 and those get censored too, does it create a rip in the space-time continuum?!

9 thoughts on “Surely Bertolt Brecht could not have done better…

  1. Actually, the TSJ and Asamblea Nacional upheld the popular will (or at any rate the PSUV’s version thereof). Only at the cost of the laws of logic. Powerful stuff the “popular will”. You get some of it and you become more powerful than God…

    Supposedly Chavez was in Cuba treating himself for an unspecified grave illness, by definition one that could easily (or did) put an end to his health, his ability to serve as President and to his life. But he is not absent no way, and he is in command. They have deemed it unnecessary to even begin to inquire as to what the President might have that he has been a month in Cuba incomunicado.

    And in a country where every elected charge and many unelected ones swear an oath of office they have deemed it a mere formality to do so. This is the only logic thing about the ruling. If this person is somehow not absent though your lying eyes tell you otherwise, he could have sworn the oath invisibly and where no one is there to hear it.

  2. Censoring Globovision is a clear admission from Chavistas that they are fearful the public will question their actions. The censoring is only the beginning of forthcoming repression a la Cuba. It will get worse, much worse.

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