Venezuelans’ historic turnout for the presidential elections of October 7 (80.48% of all registered voters) and acceptance of the results by all parties might indicate that this electoral process was an example for the democratic world.
Indeed, the efforts of political
In another glaring disadvantage, the Arriagada-Woldenberg report has underscored that the greatest weakness to Venezuelan democracy is probably the uneven media coverage being afforded of the candidates. While the law limits campaign advertisement to just three minutes
Mr. Chávez launched an effective propaganda campaign telling voters that Mr. Capriles was lying and would take away the programs. Mr. Chávez’s government had some enormous advantages. The Chávez camp used government advertising, as well as programs that all television
Venezuelan law demands prison time for using public resources to campaign.
The organization Citizen Monitoring
(Monitoreo Ciudadano) alerts that the Venezuela National System of Public Media
is continuously being used by Hugo Chávez for presidential election propaganda
Click to read articleAny crackdown on media freedom is harmful to democracy in any country at any time. In Venezuela, President Hugo Chávez’ abuse of power is particularly egregious since the ongoing and intensifying crackdown takes place in what is the most important
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| 4 marzo 2012
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