Venezuela’s president tightens grip on media

In this Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 photo, opposition leader Henrique Capriles is followed by bodyguards and supporters during a political rally in Caracas, Venezuela. The visibly thinner and exhausted Capriles is accompanied by just a handful of journalists at what was supposed to be one of the final, electrifying opposition rallies ahead of this weekend’s mayoral elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As Gov. Henrique Capriles campaigned for president of Venezuela last April, he couldn't venture more than a few steps without being hounded by dozens of sharp-elbowed cameramen and photographers. Nearly eight months later, the visibly thinner and exhausted opposition leader is accompanied by just a handful of journalists at what was supposed to be one of the final, electrifying opposition rallies ahead of this weekend's mayoral elections.