The Venezuelan government sanctioned the private news channel “Globovision” with a fine of 7,5% of the income received during 2010. This is equal to the sum of 9,3 million of bolivares fuertes (2,1 million dollars). The television officials informed that it would leave the channel in bankruptcy.
Pedro Maldonado, General Director of the National Commission of Telecommunications, Conatel, announced the fine. Maldonado added that the 11 members of the commission unanimously made the decision. Globovision is accused of violating articles 27 and 29 of the Civil Responsibility of Radio and Television because of the way it approached the prison crisis in the jails Rodeo I and Rodeo II.
Globovision is the last news channel in the country with an open signal that broadcasts continually for 24 hours. During the government of Chavez, the oldest channel in the country was close in 2007, after it decided not to renew the state frequency concession. The Venezuelan government is also responsible for closing 34 radio stations. (AV)