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No back talk: The "right of reply" written into Venezuela's 1999 constitution does not apply to journalists because they already have access to the media, the country's Supreme Court ruled June 12 as it rejected efforts by El Nacional columnist Elias Santana to respond to criticism President Hugo Chavez leveled at Santana during his radio show "Alo, Presidente." Free-press groups, including the New York-based Committee for the Protection of Journalists, expressed alarm at the court's additional suggestion that journalists could be prosecuted for violating the constitution's right to "timely, truthful, and impartial information" if they express opinions that include insulting comments that are "out of context, disconnected, or unnecessary for the topic." ... Cuban independent journalist JosE Orlando Gonzalez Bridon was found guilty last month of distributing "false information for the purpose of disturbing the international peace, or to endanger the prestige or credibility of the Cuban State or its good relations with another State," and sentenced to two years imprisonment. …

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