CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said yesterday he would put a representative on the board of opposition television station Globovision, the leftist leader’s boldest move yet against his fiercest media critic.
The move is likely to revive concerns over press freedoms in the Latin American oil-producing nation. Chavez was widely criticized by media rights groups after he refused to renew the concession for RCTV in 2007, accusing Venezuela’s oldest private station of supporting a coup against him.
His government, which runs several state newspapers and TV channels, revoked the licenses of numerous radio stations last year. Globovision, openly partisan and a platform for opposition politicians, has long been in Chavez’s sights.
The president, faced with a slide in his popularity in part because of poor management of an economic crisis, has lashed out at a number of enemies in the last month as he prepares for parliamentary elections in September.