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Venezuela's president blames soap operas for crime

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 21, 2014 at 7:51 a.m.


Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his annual state-of-the-nation address to the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolas Maduro has a new villain as he campaigns to bring down Venezuela's spiraling crime: TV soap operas. He accuses the telenovelas of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns and drugs.

The criticism follows attacks last year by Maduro on violent video games and the Hollywood movie Spider-Man.

On Monday night, his vice president, Jorge Arreaza, met with broadcast and pay TV operators to review the prime time lineup, warning that they could be in violation of a 2004 law mandating "socially responsible" programming. The two sides will meet in a week with the aim of drafting an agreement on meeting those obligations.

It's unclear whether the government will take steps to restrict programming or impose harsher rules on telenovelas, which are hugely popular across Latin America.

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bbos42 says... January 21, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.

I agree!

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Pobucker says... January 21, 2014 at 10 a.m.

This Socialist needs to get in bed with the Church if he wants to control what the wild pobuckers are watching. History certainly proves that the priests are essential players when the kings want to dictate how every one lives.

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GCW says... January 21, 2014 at 10:35 a.m.

Hollywood continually churns out ultra violent movies, video games give kids ever more realistic ways to hone their imaginary killing skills and our news media cannot tell enough stories about mass murderers for their copy cats to copy. Oh no, none of that can possibly have an effect on violence. Nope. Guns alone create violence.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 21, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.

Po, that could prove very interesting, very interesting.

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