Rights groups condemn government moves against Venezuela channel as censorship, intimidation

Rights groups are condemning an order by Venezuela's broadcast agency for a television channel to stop showing clips that question the legality of postponing President Hugo Chavez's inauguration.

The organizations Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders are criticizing the government's actions against the country's only staunchly anti-Chavez channel, Globovision.

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said on Saturday that the Venezuelan government is attempting to censor critical discussions and intimidate its critics.

Globovision had been showing clips in which it replayed remarks by Chavez and Vice President Nicolas Maduro. In them, the channel questioned the constitutionality of putting off the ailing president's inauguration for a new term while he remains in Cuba more than a month after undergoing cancer surgery.