Venezuela's telecommunications chief says the government will soon close another 29 radio stations - on top of the 34 broadcasters ordered off the air in July.

Diosdado Cabello said Saturday the 29 unnamed broadcasters would soon face closure.

Cabello also said the government has opened a new investigation into Globovision, the country's most prominent anti-government television network. Cabello says Globovision broadcast messages calling for a coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela's government has clashed with private media outlets Mr. Chavez accuses of conspiring against him.

In August, supporters of President Chavez fired tear gas at the Globovision facility.

Media groups and human rights activists accuse Mr. Chavez's government of trying to stifle dissent.

The government denies it is targeting media for political reasons, saying the stations have violated broadcasting regulations.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.