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Venezuela Rejects OAS Criticism of Proposed Media Law

The Venezuelan information ministry has dismissed criticism by the Organization of American States of proposed media legislation being debated in the Venezuelan Congress.

An information ministry spokesman Wednesday said the OAS, which said the proposal may restrict freedom of expression and political dissent, should stop meddling in Venezuela's domestic political affairs.

The proposed law bans vulgar language, depictions of alcohol and drug consumption, gambling, sex and violence during the daylight hours. It allows the government to shut down stations that show violence, and to impose 18-day jail sentences for broadcasting false information.

The ministry said the bill is in rigorous compliance with press freedoms guaranteed under the constitution and international treaties.