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Hugo Chavez Criticizes CNN

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ Even an apology from CNN could not placate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who suggested that the
Atlanta-based cable network was seeking his assassination.

Chavez called for an investigation into CNN after its Spanish-language channel ran his image next to a caption that read, "Who killed him?''

CNN apologized yesterday and blamed a technical mix-up. It said the caption referred to a story about Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor, who was shot this week in his Florida home.

CNN en Espanol ran the caption for several seconds Tuesday night during a story on a spat between Chavez and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

Chavez said later that the juxtaposition was "weird, and it needs investigation.'' He said it looked "like a call to kill the president in Venezuela.''

He added that he doubted it was an accident and called on his attorney general to launch a probe. Even after the CNN apologies, Communications Minister Willian Lara insisted that the incident looked suspiciously like part of what he called a "propaganda strategy'' of the U.S. government.


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