Guillermo Zuloaga, Venezuelan Champion of Free Press, Joins Cato Institute

November 30, 2010

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Guillermo Zuloaga, president of Venezuela’s Globovision TV, has joined the Cato Institute as a fellow in free speech.

Zuloaga, now in exile, has become an international symbol of press freedom for maintaining Globovision’s independence in the face of severe harassment of the company’s journalists, himself and his family by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s government.

“We are delighted and honored to be working with Guillermo, who has paid a high price to exercise and defend free speech in Venezuela at a time when Hugo Chavez is intensifying his authoritarian project and when most other television stations are state-owned or have lost their independence,” said Ed Crane, president of the Cato Institute.

At Cato, Zuloaga’s work will highlight the growing threats to free speech in Latin America and the ways in which the Venezuelan and other democratically elected governments are undermining press freedom.

“I hope that my association with Cato will help bring attention to the rapid deterioration of basic liberties in Venezuela and shed light on the critical role that a free press plays in restraining authoritarianism in Venezuela and beyond,” said Zuloaga.