A liberdade de expressão se destrói aos poucos

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Alvaro Vargas Llosa Briefly Detained by Venezuelan Government

Venezuelan authorities detained Independent Institute Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa for two to three hours Monday night, just after he flew in to the country to take part in a conference organized by a private think tank.

“They prevented me from continuing speaking on the phone, but then they released me,” Vargas Llosa is quoted as saying in a Caracas newspaper. “They told me that I have no right to make political statements, that I am here as a visitor or tourist, and that in such capacity, I am not entitled to make political comments.”

Unsurprisingly, the topic of the conference, hosted by the Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge for Freedom, bore on the problem at hand: free speech and democracy. One might have assumed that the Chavez administration would have avoided such an obvious target, given the electoral backlash it suffered a while back following its regulatory attack on Radio Caracas Televisión and its incitement of physical attacks against journalists. But for Chavez, the quest more political control seems to know few limits.

If Chavez supporters doubt that the Venezuelan president is usurping free speech, perhaps they will ask Eduardo Galeano — the author of the book Chavez pushed on President Obama last month — to weigh in on Chavez’s policies on May 27, when Galeano addresses the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

“They told me I don’t have the right to make any political comments,” by Alvaro Vargas Llosa (Buenos Aires Herald, 5/25/09)

“Independent Institute Fellow Victim of Chavez’s Abuses,” by Gabriel Gasave (5/26/09)

“Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa Harassed by Venezuelan Police State,” by Anthony Gregory (5/26/09)

“Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s Detention at Venezuelan Airport Is Over” (El Universal, 5/25/09)

Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression, by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

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