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
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
Analysis | English | 2 abril 2013

Election Commission President Ignores Campaign Violations while Exhorting Candidates to Play by the Rules

Lucena's history and habit of refusing to enforce election rules shows clear favoritism for PSUV candidates Venezuela Election Commission President Tibisay LucenaIt is really difficult not to get upset watching the lady above, Electoral Board President Tibisay Lucena, come on TV and with that impish grin begin pontificating to the parties and to the candidates to follow the rules and not violate them during the upcoming campaign. ... ver más
Analysis | English | Reports | 5 diciembre 2012

Seeking Competitive Elections in Venezuela (analysis, Election Alert #8)

alertaelectoral8a 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 parties, non-governmental organizations and civil society in general to achieve the necessary conditions for elections recognized by all parties to be held are laudable and noteworthy. ... ver más
English | Reports | 31 octubre 2012

Electoral Council is politicized; government abuses public media in campaign (Wilson Center)

Government uses public media as part of campaign The upcoming presidential election in Venezuela slated for October 7 will not be just another election. This election is of fundamental importance. President Chávez, after 14 years in government, is seeking to be re-elected yet again for a six-year term. The Conditions of Competition Government uses public media as part of campaignWithout a doubt the greatest weakness of the process lies in the inequitable conditions of competition. ... ver más
Analysis | English | 31 octubre 2012

Venezuela elections hardly democratic (David Luhnow, Wall Street Journal)

phpThumb_generated_thumbnail (1) The Latin American Bureau Chief to The Wall Street Journal, David Luhnow, talked about how Chávez’s control of state resources to fund his presidential campaign effectively crushed the opposition’s ability to communicate its messages via media, because private media is unable to match the financial resources of the Venezuelan government. ... ver más
English | News | 29 octubre 2012

Carter Center highlights inequality in Venezuela presidential campaign

Carter Center points out Chávez abuse of public media Carter Center points out Chávez abuse of public mediaThe Carter Center’s independent study mission to Venezuela today released a pre-electoral report (PDF), which assesses the preparations for key elements of the process including voter registration, campaign conditions, voting conditions, integrity of the vote count, and the dispute resolution process. ... ver más
English | Prensa | 7 octubre 2012

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Subscribe to Alerts :: Weekly Newsletter Click here to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. Thank you for your interest! We send our newsletter once each week given the high frequency of abuse of power in Venezuela’s 2012 presidential elections. We will never share your email address with other organizations. ... ver más
English | News | 24 septiembre 2012

The Chávez Plan to Steal Venezuela’s Presidential Election: What Obama Should Do (Ray Walser, Ph.D.)

There is still time for the U.S. to support democratic freedoms before Venezuela's election On October 7, 2012, Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez will stand for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The Venezuelan presidential election matters to the U.S.: Venezuela is a major oil supplier to the U.S.; Chávez’s anti-American worldview has led to alliances with Iran, Syria, and Cuba; and Chávez offers safe havens to FARC and Hezbollah. ... ver más
English | News | Video | 30 julio 2012

Chávez government bans NGO TV spots denouncing abuse of public resources in campaign (videos)

Chávez government bans NGO TV spots denouncing abuse of public resources in campaign In a move more unbelievable than unexpected, President Hugo Chávez’ government placed a ban this week on several public service announcement TV spots that were being aired on a private television channel in Venezuela. The clips detail violations currently being committed by Chávez in his reelection campaign, namely the use of State television and radio channels to air political advertising above and beyond the limits set by the National Electoral Council (CNE) for ongoing presidential elections. ... ver más