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Web-based TV opens space for critical voices in Venezuela

The following is a CPJ Blog post by John Otis, CPJ Andes Correspondent:

With its low budget décor and grainy images, EUTV has the look and feel of small-town community television. But the Web-based TV station that went live on November 18 has much larger ambitions: It intends to be the primary source for Venezuelans who covet independent television news.

With the sale in April of Globovisión--the last remaining TV station critical of the country's socialist government--to a business group allied with the government, hard-hitting TV news programming has become a rare commodity in Venezuela. That prompted the owners of the respected Caracas-based daily El Universal to speed up the launch El Universal Televisión, or EUTV, which they are promoting as a Web-based alternative for independent TV news.

Read the full story on CPJ's site.

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