The media will play an important role in the lead-up to Venezuela's April 14 election, and the specific reach and polarization of TV channels contributes to uneven political terrain, writes WOLA.
If Chávez can't attend his inauguration, his designated successor might be overshadowed by an interim leader.
There are close to 2 million newly registered voters, mostly under 20 years old, so a grassroots art collective is giving Chávez a fresh look for election day with murals depicting him boxing and popping wheelies.
Close to 20 percent of Venezuelans are undecided, and Capriles has won a number of them over. But Chavez has strong job approval and trust levels.
A top Argentine university awarded a press prize to Hugo Chávez, who has pumped millions of dollars into community radio and TV stations. He has closed another 40.
President Hugo Chávez's government says TV stations violated the law by failing to broadcast his speeches.
President Hugo Chávez denounced Globovision, the sole television channel in Venezuela that regularly criticizes him, for reporting an earthquake before the government announced it.
After 10 years as president, Hugo Chávez has polarized Venezuela, but inspired its poor.