Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship Next?

March 15, 2010 -

As a result of a Venezuelan website falsely reporting the death of a senior government minister, the Internet has now draw the ire of the South American country’s president Hugo Chavez.

The Venezuelan website NoticieroDigital erroneously reported the death of Chavez’s fellow United Socialist Party member, and former President (for a day), Diosdado Cabello. The misreported news languished on the site for two days, further angering El Presidente, according to a Reuters report.

In what is perhaps the quote of the day, Chavez stated, “The Internet cannot be something open where anything is said and done.”

The President continued, saying, “We have to act. We are going to ask the attorney general for help, because this is a crime. I have information that this page periodically publishes stories calling for a coup d'etat. That cannot be permitted.”

Translation of an article now appearing on NoticieroDigital indicates that there were actually two falsely reported deaths and that both were posted by forum users on the website, not by reporters. The website said that it “is taking steps to ensure that such actions never happen again,” and that the forum posters were “permanently suspended.”

NoticieroDigital, which does not appear to be backing down from a fight, also wrote that Chavez’s  accusations against it “poses a serious threat to freedom of expression, threats that are becoming increasingly common in Venezuela, covering TV, radio, print and now Internet.”

Chavez also complained that social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook were being used by his opposition to spread lies and rumors.

A nationwide ban prohibiting the import, production, distribution and selling of violent videogames was enacted in Venezuela earlier this month.

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Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

That pic of Che next to Chavez made me want to slap him

 

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

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Kinda makes me wonder what's next. Video games, the internet... comic books?

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Chavez, you're off your nut as usual.

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

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The Internet should be, literally, a nation unto itself. 

Connecting to it the virtual equivilant of international travel.

The nation of the Internet should have a Constitution, a recognition of Human Rights.

There is no native population or citizens of the Internet.  All who visit are travelers, tourists.

This, of course, leaves the question of Internet national leadership and enforcement of Contitutional and Human Rights.  And, as there is no native population or citizens, would, could, should there BE a leadership?  And if not, COULD there be enforcers of the Constitution and defenders of Human Rights within the nation of the Internet?

And, furthermore, if no leadership or enforcers, who would negotiate, control, or enforce issues of trade and travel between the nation of the Internet and other nations?

And if no leadership, how would the nation of the Internet be represented in the UN, if at all?  And should it be?

It's been a really bad day.  Excuse the gibberish.

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Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

"There is no native population or citizens of the Internet.  All who visit are travelers, tourists."

What about people who set up business on the internet?

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Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

One does not necessarily live in the nation in which their business resides.

Citizens have been known to reside in one city but work in another.  Sometimes, even in different states.  This is merely international commuting to the business they own.

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International buisnesses?Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Chavez also complained that social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook were being used by his opposition to spread lies and rumors.
 

Paranoid much? Such a dumbass.

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Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Maybe he's just worried that someone said something mean about him.

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

My heart bleeds horse piss for him.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

So that means you have horse piss for blood?

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

And yet Shawn Penn and others like him (liberals) regard this government as the friggin' best thing ever.  Hypocrisy?

 

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

"(liberals) regard this government as the friggin' best thing ever.  Hypocrisy?"

Generalize much?

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Zerodash seems to think that all liberals love it when government is obsessively intrusive. He also thinks that all liberals think that GWB planned 9/11. Sane people know that this is not the case, that liberals understand that government regulation isn't always the solution, and GWB did not plan the 9/11 attacks.

Unfortunately, Zerodash is a complete moron, so he'd rather stereotype and make a total ass out of himself. You should pay no attention to his idiotic comments.

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

I'm not necessarily agreeing with Zerodash, but in all fairness Val, you also do your fair share of stereotyping conservatives yourself, as well as insulting and name-calling those who disagree with you, regardless of the topic at hand, and I don't think anyone who's watched you since you started posting at GP would disagree.

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Bongajar(Afirejar) Like saint ronny(and other neocon lead tacit that has failed us as a society) was the bast thing ever. Whos trolling who mate? Whos being a hypocrite? Either side that swills the yellow colored koolaid and/or has a hook in their mouth to be lead by is doing a disservice to humanity and gene pool.

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Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Your point?

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Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Frankly, my point is obvious enough. Troll elsewhere.

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

If you feel you have to silence anyone who disagrees with you you should not hold a public office.

Besides, giving torret sites, internet censorship in that country wasn't a question of if but a question fo when.

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

“The Internet cannot be something open where anything is said and done.”

that is exactly what it HAS to be with no exceptions

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Pretty much. It's practically the only bastion of true free speech and expression.

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Depending on the website/forum/message board anyway.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

True, though those are typically privately owned spaces, so the rules are entirely up to the owner.

Re: Venezuela: Violent Games Banned, Internet Censorship ...

Every website apart from government-hosted ones are privately owned spaces.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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