Ouster sought of T.V./radio law drafter

The minister of  Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones is seeking the resignation of her vice minister who put together a controversial law on radio and television. The ministry announced the minister’s decision Thursday.

The draft of the radio and television law contained harsh penalties for what appeared to be arbitrary decisions by the government. The draft came under quick attack from the press and television networks.

The vice minister is Allan Ruiz, who appears to have supervised a cut-and-paste operation to develop the law. The punitive measures are more consistent with legislation in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Cuba.

The draft was posted for public comment, and local electronic outlets began a quick attack.

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