Antonio Ledezma, leader of Venezuela's opposition Brave People's Alliance (ABP), suffered a chest wound on Sunday night during the protest against the closure of Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), Richard Blanco, a member of the ABP board told press Monday.
Ledezma is now in intensive care at the San Roman Urology clinic, eastern Caracas, where he was taken after police and National Guard officers broke up the demonstration, just hours after RCTV was taken off air Sunday.
Venezuelan despot Hugo Chavez wasn't satisfied just shutting down one television broadcaster at midnight last night, he now appears to have his eyes set on another.
Hours after President Hugo Chavez shut down Venezuela's main opposition broadcaster, his government demanded an investigation of news network Globovision today for allegedly inciting an assassination attempt on the leftist leader.
Mr. Chavez took Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, off the air at midnight yesterday and replaced it with a state-run channel to promote his socialist programs. The move sparked international condemnation and accusations from the opposition that he was undermining democracy in the OPEC nation.
A free press is vital to a democracy, but those on the right here in the U.S. are relentless in their attacks on our own free press. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently pointed this out to the graduating U.S. Naval Academy class of 2007.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates encouraged the graduating U.S. Naval Academy class of 2007 Friday to "remember the importance of two pillars of our freedom under the Constitution: the Congress and the press."
"Both surely try our patience from time to time, but they are the surest guarantees of the liberty of the American people," Gates told the 1,028 graduates during a sunny ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
Gates told the new Naval officers they will have the responsibility to inform people below them that the military "must be nonpolitical" and recognize the obligation to truthfully report to Congress, "especially when it involves admitting mistakes or problems."
"The same is true with the press, in my view a critically important guarantor of our freedom," he said.
Gates cited media reports of poor outpatient treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as an example of the important role news organizations play in pointing out important problems.
"When it identifies a problem, as at Walter Reed, the response of senior leaders should be to find out if the allegations are true, as they were at Walter Reed, and if so, say so," Gates said. "And then act to remedy the problem. If untrue, then be able to document that fact."
Gates said the Founding Fathers wisely understood that the Congress, a free press and a nonpolitical military are needed in a free country.
"The press is not the enemy and to treat it as such is self-defeating," he said.
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