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Andres Izarra gives an interview in his office when he was the Minister of Communications and Information. Private media in Venezuela say they face various challenges with the introduction of a new media law. Supporters of the law, which limits the showing of sex and violence during daylight hours, says it is designed to protect children who may be watching TV. Opponents claim it is an attempt by President Hugo Chavez to limit what opposition news media can broadcast, and cover, that may negatively reflect the government. Television stations like Globovision, a 24 hour news channel, must constantly monitor the material they show from their own broadcasts as well as what they air from other networks like CNN in order to ensure they comply with the law. In recent months Globovision has had to censor daytime footage from Iraq, a Jennifer Lopez video and street clashes in Caracas.
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