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Venezuelan Court Allows Anti-Chavez Channel to Remain on Cable


Venezuela's Supreme Court has ruled that an opposition-aligned television station can keep operating through cable systems for now.

The court Wednesday suspended an order by the telecommunications commission that would have forced RCTV International to stop transmitting its programs if it did not register with the government, and follow regulations that would require it to interrupt regular programming for speeches by President Hugo Chavez.

RCTV began showing its programs via cable and satellite last month. It was forced to stop regular over-the-air broadcasting by President Chavez in May.

Mr. Chavez refused to renew RCTV's license to broadcast on a public frequency for allegedly backing a failed coup against him in 2002. RCTV denies the accusations.

Other national private networks also opposed Mr. Chavez, but their criticism of the government is now softer and they have kept their licenses.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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