Analysis | English | 14 octubre 2015

Venezuela’s Questionable Election Observers

Sadly, Venezuela has a long tradition of cherry-picking its election observers. Neither the OAS nor the EU has been invited to observe elections in Venezuela since 2006. WASHINGTON, DC – The congressional elections to be held in Venezuela in December offer a flicker of hope to a country facing dark prospects. ... ver más
Analysis | English | News | 5 octubre 2015

Press Association decries communication totalitarianism in Venezuela

Students sit on the pavement reading "Censorship is dictatorship" during an anti-government protest in Caracas in 2014. Claudio Paolillo, Chairman of the IAPA Press Freedom and Information Committee At its 71st general assembly meeting in Charleston, South Carolina in the United States this weekend, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA, SIP in Spanish) highlighted the anti-democratic nature of the Venezuelan government’s control of media in the country. ... ver más
Analysis | English | Video | 22 septiembre 2015

Maduro’s dirty tricks to rig Venezuela elections

images1 As in previous elections, Maduro is closing independent media outlets and virtually controlling television time with mandatory broadcasts of presidential speeches and an avalanche of state-paid pro-government ads.  It’s no secret that Venezuela is a cosmetic democracy in which President Nicolás Maduro resorts to all kinds of dirty tricks to retain absolute powers, but his latest move — designing ballot sheets designed to confuse opposition voters — would be almost amusing if it weren’t so devious. ... ver más
English | 6 agosto 2015

Venezuelan critics under threat

A copy of the El Nacional newspaper is seen among others on a shelf at a kiosk in Caracas on May 14, 2015. Interrogations, Detentions, Prosecutions A copy of the El Nacional newspaper is seen among others on a shelf at a kiosk in Caracas on May 14, 2015. (New York) – The government of President Nicolás Maduro and its political supporters in parliament are misusing the criminal justice system to punish people for criticizing its policies, Human Rights Watch said today. ... ver más
English | News | 10 septiembre 2014

Venezuela’s Press Crackdown Stokes Growth of Online Media

A sports presenter for Vivoplay, a web-TV broadcaster, in Caracas. Digital Alternatives Expand as Newspapers and Broadcasters Struggle. A sports presenter for Vivoplay, a web-TV broadcaster, in Caracas. Angel Alayon’s blog, with its serious political analysis, drew a few dozen readers when he started five years ago. ... ver más
Analysis | English | 22 junio 2014

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro continues human rights abuses

Venezuela Opposition Maria Corina Machado detained accused Venezuela’s former opposition lawmaker Maria Corina Machado, center, arrives at the Attorney General’s office, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 16, 2014. Machado is expected to testify in an investigation looking into the alleged plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. ... ver más
English | News | 4 marzo 2014

Death of free press in Venezuela?

A woman holds up a sign reading "No paper, no jobs", during a protest by newspaper workers and opposition parties to demand from the government U.S. dollars at a prime rate to buy paper for their publications, in Caracas A newsprint shortage threatens to shut down Venezuela’s dailies–and usher in a pro-government media. For over a year, Venezuela has suffered wartime-like scarcity of basic goods such as rice, coffee and toilet paper. While the shortages have emboldened the government’s critics, a recent lack of newsprint could potentially quieten the opposition, as the regime led by President led Nicolás Maduro tightens its grip on the country’s newspaper sector. ... ver más
Analysis | English | Video | 24 febrero 2014

Venezuelan government tricks control media coverage (video)

Maduro-en-Cadena-Nacional A favorite source for those who still insist that freedom of speech in Venezuela is as thriving as ever is this BBC report (quoting the Communication Ministry), which states that only 5 percent of media outlets are owned by the state. The rest are in private hands, the argument goes, implying they’re therefore free to criticize the government. ... ver más
Analysis | English | 24 febrero 2014

Venezuela censorship backfires

vzlaprotest1 Beginning last week, massive student-led protests all but shut down several of Venezuela’s major cities, including the capital. There have been at least five deaths and scores of injuries and arrests, coming to a head on Wednesday night when armed, pro-government militias (the so called “colectivos“) descended on demonstrators in the nation’s bloodiest act of repression in recent history. ... ver más
English | News | 24 febrero 2014

Venezuela shuts off the internet, not satisfied with blocking Twitter and TV

venezuela protests for peace and human rights 2014 It’s a familiar narrative at this point: governments facing mass protests tighten their grip on state-run media outlets and internet providers to keep a lid on incriminating information they’d rather not have broadcast to the entire world. In Venezuela right now, where protests over food security and the poor economy have snowballed over the past week and become violent riots that have left at least five dead, socialist President Nicolás Maduro’s government is ramping up censorship. ... ver más