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 Prodavinci.com blog, with its serious political analysis, drew a few dozen readers when he started five years ago. ... 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
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
English | News | Reports | 22 febrero 2014

Venezuelan NGO shows abuse of government media during protests

Haz click para información completa del Cadenómetro Since recent protests began in Venezuela, the government has increased its abuse of the “national blanket broadcast” to criticize activists and promote its own political agenda. Click for complete information about the abuse of “national blanket broadcasts” In 2013, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro utilized the “national blanket broadcast” (cadena nacional) 202 times for a total of 169 horas (28 minutes every day).* During election campaigns–and also now as nationwide anti-government protests are underway in Venezuela–the president has increased the abuse of this communication strategy. ... ver más
English | News | Video | 22 febrero 2014

Venezuela threatens to block CNN if protest coverage continues (video)

nicolas-maduro Nicolás Maduro has said CNN’s programming only shows war and claims they want to make Venezuela look as if they were in a civil war. If they don’t take it back and rectify their content, Maduro says they will be blocked from Venezuela. There’s no doubt there’s a situation of unrest in Venezuela, and every day that goes by it gets worse, according to the images, videos and posts we see from the people living there and going through very scary times. ... ver más
English | News | Video | 22 febrero 2014

Protests swell in Venezuela as places to rally disappear (video)

Génesis Carmona was taken away after being shot on Tuesday. She died the next day. Mauricio Centeno/Diario Notitarde, via Associated Press Venezuela is being convulsed by the biggest protests since the country’s longtime president, the charismatic Hugo Chávez, died nearly a year ago. CARACAS, Venezuela — The only television station that regularly broadcast voices critical of the government was sold last year, and the new owners have softened its news coverage. ... ver más
English | News | 22 febrero 2014

Nicolás Maduro threatens to expel CNN for Venezuela protest coverage

maduro2(59) Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro threatened on Thursday to expel television network CNN from the country if it did not “rectify” the way it has covered deadly political protests. At least five people have been killed in unrest that the government blames on opposition-led “fascists” and that its rivals blame on the security forces. ... ver más
English | News | Reports | 12 septiembre 2013

Partisan use of State TV signal (Venezuela Alert #22)

Nicolas-Maduro-y-Tribunal-Supremo-de-Justicia-TSJ-Venezuela PARTISAN USE OF THE STATE TV SIGNAL By: Monitoreo Ciudadano/ @yomonitoreo President Nicolás Maduro abused the signal of the state-owned television channel for a broadcast by the Carabobo Command in support of the election campaign of the pro-government United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). ... ver más
English | News | 12 agosto 2013

The billion-dollar fraud and corruption in Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro y la corrupción en Venezuela When the opposition protested against political persecution, President Maduro organised a countermarch. He used the government’s power to force all television channels to carry his speeches to brand the opposition as corrupt—without any sense of irony. Nicolás Maduro y la corrupción en Venezuela WHEN it comes to corruption, Venezuela has long languished near the bottom of the international league table. ... ver más
English | News | 11 agosto 2013

Maduro uses State media to attack elected governor

maduro abuses state media for political gain The same National Election Commission (CNE) that recognized Nicolás Maduro as Venezuelan president also confirmed that a significant majority of Amazonas State residents chose Liborio Guaralla as their governor in December 2012. Regardless however, Maduro abuses the Venezuelan State’s national media–which should belong equally to all Venezuelans–to insult and directly attack an elected governor, as is Mr. ... ver más