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. Angel Alayon’s Prodavinci.com blog, with its serious political analysis, drew a few dozen readers when he started five years ago. This year, the economist has seen unique monthly visitors more than double, to 239,000—the kind of growth that has become typical recently in this news-starved nation. ... 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 | 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
Analysis | English | 24 febrero 2014

Venezuela and hypocrisy of the international left

chavez international left hypocrisy sean penn oliver stone venezuela As students and the middle class protest for almost two weeks in the streets of Venezuela, the international left remain silent. Why is this wide swath of Venezuelan society protesting? Because of meddling from the United States in preparation of a fascist coup, says Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. ... ver más
Analysis | English | Video | 22 febrero 2014

Censorship amidst a government-imposed media blackout in Venezuela (video)

censorship-venezuela-twitter Venezuela is going through an economic, political and social crisis which brought about thousands of citizens taking the streets to express their discontent. For more than a week, Venezuelans have been involved in mass protests that, until now, have caused eight deaths, hundreds of injuries and hundreds of arrests. ... ver más
Analysis | English | 11 agosto 2013

Encirclement of independent journalism in Venezuela

maru morales el nacional asamblea nacional We have argued that in Venezuela, in terms of media and journalism, there is a model that we call mixed-authoritarian. The model maintains the private ownership of the media, but systematic restrictions prevail over independent journalism. This gives as a result a non free media and communication society. ... ver más
English | News | 11 julio 2012

Five years ago, Chávez snatched the remote (analysis, Caracas Chronicles)

rctv_no_al_cierre Five years ago, I was finishing college in Maracaibo. The night of May 27th, 2007 was a tense one, and everybody was glued to their TV sets close to midnight, something unusual for a Sunday night. It wasn’t a sport event or an awards ceremony. It was to witness the end of an era. Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), the second oldest TV broadcaster in Venezuela, was about to cease broadcasts over the public airwaves. ... ver más
English | News | 13 marzo 2012

Hugo Chávez attacking private channel while abusing State TV for political gain (AP)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a $2 million fine against the opposition-aligned television station Globovision imposed by regulators for coverage of a prison uprising last year. The court denied an appeal by Globovision’s directors and journalists to overturn the fine imposed by Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission. ... ver más