Obama Gets Nobel Peace Prize, Now Chavez Gets Journalism Award

30 Mar

I guess the future credibility of their organizations is no longer important.  First we had Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, basically for the simple fact that he was elected President (and was not George Bush).  To make matters worse for the credibility of the folks giving out the Nobel Prize is the fact that Obama had been President for less than two weeks before the Feb. 1, 2009 nomination deadline.  “Rather than recognizing concrete achievement, the 2009 prize appeared intended to support initiatives that have yet to bear fruit: reducing the world stock of nuclear arms, easing American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthening the U.S. role in combating climate change.”

Now we find out that the socialist dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, has been awarded a “journalism” award.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Hugo Chavez is getting a journalism award in Argentina.

The Venezuelan leader regularly clashes with critical media, but the University of La Plata is giving him its Rodolfo Walsh Prize on Tuesday for what it describes as his work giving people without a voice access to the airwaves and newspapers.

Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper criticized the award Tuesday, saying the journalism school must be ignorant of Chavez’s continuing crackdown on independent media. “That a South American university doesn’t know about this grave situation and dares to honor this military leader with the Rodolfo Walsh Prize says much about the destruction of values that the Kirchners have imposed on the Argentine nation. Walsh was a victim of military repression and his example is now stained absurdly.”

The InterAmerican Press Association president, Gonzalo Marroquin, said in an interview that Chavez has proven to be a “clear enemy of freedom of the press.”

“It would take a long time to enumerate the long chain of actions that Chavez has taken against the right of the Venezuelan people to receive information,” Marroquin said. “Whoever believes in freedom of expression and the press should show it with actions. Chavez doesn’t have a single action, not one, that shows he’s a friend of the principles of freedom of expression or the press.”




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