CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan electoral officials have ordered off the air a political ad that depicts the murder of a young man to highlight concerns about crime.
The opposition party Popular Will, which paid for the television ad, is criticizing the decision by the National Electoral Council. Party leader Carlos Vecchio said on Thursday that the ad "reflects the reality of the country."
Vecchio called it a matter of free speech and accused the electoral council of acting as a "censor."
Electoral council president Tibisay Lucena announced the measure, saying the advertisement violated electoral law.
The party is supporting opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who is running against President Hugo Chavez in the country's Oct. 7 election.