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Media Rights Group Condemns Move to Shut Down Venezuelan Broadcaster


The press freedom group Reporters Without Borders has condemned the decision by Venezuelan President Hugh Chavez to shut down one of the country's oldest television stations

The group issued a statement Friday calling the move "a serious attack against editorial pluralism."

Mr. Chavez announced Thursday that his government will not renew the broadcast license for Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV. The station is one of Venezuela's main private stations and has been critical of the president.

Mr. Chavez accused RCTV of plotting against him. He also said he will not tolerate any media outlets that support efforts to remove him from power.

The license for RCTV expires in March. Reporters Without Borders urged Venezuela's government to reconsider its stance and guarantee an independent system of granting and renewing broadcast rights.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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