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
Analysis | English | 24 febrero 2014

International left and its blind spot on Venezuela

international-left-blindspot-on-venezuela When will the left acknowledge that Chavez’s socialist dream has turned into a nightmare? Students are protesting against crime and government repression. There was a time when the so-called Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela appeared to hold great promise. I remember watching The Revolution Will Not Be Televised back in 2003 and being mesmerised by what I saw: Here was a government spending the country’s oil wealth on social programmes for the poor and giving the rich a kicking in one of the most unequal societies in the Western Hemisphere. ... ver más