Pakistan Press Foundation concerned over compulsory broadcast in Venezuela
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, expressed concern over the compulsory parliamentary broadcast on private radio and television channels on January 5, 2017.
According to the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela (IPYS), also known as Press and Society Institute of Venezuela, the live broadcasts of open-signal radio stations and television stations were obstructed during the swearing-in of the new board of directors of the Venezuelan National Assembly.
The programmed broadcasting of these mediums were replaced by Notipatria, an information news program of the national government, which was made compulsory broadcasting for stations, according to the Law on Social Responsibility on Radio, Television and Electronic Media, despite it being a violation to freedom of expression, added IPYS.
PPF urged the Venezuelan authorities to investigate this violation of freedom of expression and to also review the law that permits such violations, thereby ensuring that freedom of expression is available to all Venezuelans.