Chavistas: Reporters Without Borders 'Working for US intelligence, Organizing Coup'
Reporters Without Borders asserts: "Rarely has a president posed so many obstacles to free expression in such a short space of time. President Chávez has used the abortive coup against him of April 2002 - which, it is true, some media supported - as grounds not only for silencing critical and dissident media but also for gradually eliminating all forms of checks and balances and democratic opposition, especially the press.”
"In all of these matters, Reporters Without Borders’ offers of dialogue 'met with the grotesque and baseless claim that our organisation was working for US intelligence and was trying to organise a new coup.' "
UPDATE: The French "left" press isn't fooled by this caudillo: "One thing is rather surprising in the French press: the left and center left are the most vocal critics of Chavez. Liberation, a rational left newspaper, akin to the Guardian of London, was the first newspaper consistently criticizing Chavez. Le Monde, the reference newspaper of France and of a large part of the world started later but has been as much anti Chavez as one could expect. Yet, Le Figaro, the center right paper, to this day is still to write a strong anti Chavez piece."
UPDATE II: Chavez has ordered Venezuela's state prosecutor to investigate CNN on charges of instigating a murder plot against him and engaging in "psychological warfare."