TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuelan media has denounced that the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) has banned the El Comandante series, inspired by the life of the late President Hugo Chavez.
The series, which premiered yesterday in Colombia on national channel RCN will not be accessible on Venezuelan television screens.
In fact, Conatel decided to start a campaign on Twitter with the label #AquiNoSeHablaMalDeChavez to incite protests over the TV channels that transmit the series.
“Let’s report to @conatel if the” El Comandante “series is broadcast on any cable operator. Identify the city, the network, the channel number, time of transmission, and screen shots,” the institution wrote through the social network.
Tubaron la señal rcn aquí en venezuela están ocultando lo inevitable. Este gobierno viola el derecho a la libertad d prensa! #ElComandante
— Miguel (@miguelmetrallad) January 31, 2017
The signal from the Colombian TV channel was blocked just before the series premiere, at 11pm.
Twitter users reported the problem through their accounts warning that the Venezuelan government was interfering with the broadcast.
For its part, the television channel apologized to its users for not being able to broadcast the series, citing “agreement with the telecommunications law,” according to some users of Twitter.
The series El Comandante consists of 60 chapters and is a production of Sony Pictures Television, starring Colombian actor Andrés Parra, who received recognition for embodying Colombian narco-trafficker Pablo Escobar in another production.
The international series has generated much controversy; in fact, recently the ex-wife of the deceased president, Marisabel Rodríguez threatened to sue the television network Sony Pictures Television.
“If I had money I would sue Sony, although perhaps, I will do just that nonetheless,” Rodriguez wrote.