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Radio programme cancelled, allegedly due to political pressure

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 8 May 2009, Manuel España, a teacher and presenter of the programme "Voz de la Enseñanza", reported that the show was cancelled due to political pressure. The programme had been broadcast since 1999 on Stereo Rey 97.1 FM in the state of Barinas, western Venezuela.

España told IPYS that the station's owner, Ángel María Pérez, confessed when giving him the news that if he did not cancel his programme the radio station would be closed down.

The program deals mainly with teachers' rights in the region.

España attempted to get in touch with Pérez again in order to get the official version of the reason for the programme's cancellation, but received no reply.

In a conversation with IPYS, Pérez denied being subjected to political pressure, stating that the programme was cancelled because of internal issues.

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