Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Venezuelan Opposition Ad Removed

Recently, the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (NEC) removed this ad from Venezuelan television airwaves as a precautionary measure as the NEC investigates to determine if the ad violates Venezuelan Election Law. The video is suggestively violent. Also, the Venezuelan Broadcast Law disallows content that encourages violence.

This ad may violate Venezuelan Election Law under Article 75 (8):
Electoral propaganda shall not be permitted if it contains obscenities or derogatory statements/images against agencies and entities of public power, institutions, and public officials and public servants. For example, depending on one's view point, the ad may implicitly suggest that public officials and servants do not care about the well-being of the Venezuelan people.

In addition, the ad may violate the Venezuelan Constitution under Article 2:
Venezuela is a democratic and social state of law and justice, which holds as superior values of its legal system and its performance, life, liberty, justice, equality, solidarity, democracy, social responsibility and overall, the preeminence of human rights, ethics and political pluralism.

The ad may violate the social responsibility provision by encouraging violence and blaming implicitly and unfairly the government for violence.

Question to Readers:

Under Venezuelan Law as described above, do you think this ad should have been removed?

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