Venezuelan journalists create open data project to combat lack of access to information in the country
In Venezuela, a country where restrictions on the press are rampant and access to public information is not guaranteed by law, being informed about government decisions can be problematic. Read more »
Venezuelan journalists sue state newsprint distribution company for alleged discrimination in El Carabobeño case
The director of Complejo Editorial Alfredo Maneiro (CEAM for its initials in Spanish), the Venezuelan state enterprise in charge of selling newsprint to print media outlets in the country, was sued for what the complainants said is the discriminatory allocation of newsprint paper that caused newspaper El Carabobeño newspaper to end its print edition, according to information from the NGO Espacio Público. Read more »
Argentine government announces it will withdraw shares in state-owned Telesur that broadcasts from Venezuela
Telesur – the cable news channel that is backed by several Latin American countries and has broadcasted from the Venezuelan capital since 2005 – will stop public and free transmission in Argentina after that country’s government starts the process to give up its share of the media company.
The announcement was made by Argentina’s Minister of Media and Public Content, Hernán Lombardi, and the Secretary of Public Communication, Jorge Grecco. Read more »
Due to a lack of newsprint, regional newspaper El Carabobeño in the state of Carabobo, Venezuela stopped circulating its print edition after 82 years. The paper reported the news in an editorial in which it qualified the event as a “blow to freedom.” Read more »
Venezuelan newspaper director sentenced to prison for defamation after publishing journalistic investigation
The director of Venezuelan newspaper Correo del Caroní, David Natera Febres, was sentenced to four years in prison for crimes of defamation and injuria related to reports published in 2013 that denounced cases of corruption in a state mining company, reported nonprofit organization Espacio Público. Natera Febres was given 10 days to appeal the decision. Read more »
The 86 newspapers that are part of the Regional Chamber of Venezuelan Newspapers were declared to be "in emergency" after the organization learned that there is no paper to continue operations, according to the newspaper La Nación in the Venezuelan state of Tachira. Read more »
Venezuelan authorities are working to determine the motive behind the killing of journalist and government press officer Ricardo Durán.
Early in the morning of Jan. 20, officials reported that Durán had been killed in the entrance to the building where he lives in the Caricuao neighborhood of Caracas. Read more »
Since 2009, Venezuela's National Assembly chamber had been closed to journalists during sessions. That changed on Jan. 5 when, after a six-year absence, media workers from national and international press outlets were allowed inside to cover the swearing in of members of the country's new legislative body. Read more »
The protagonists during Venezuela's Dec. 6 parliamentary elections were new digital platforms and social networks that became the principal vehicles through which media, nonprofit organizations and citizens received and provided information. Read more »
Venezuelan Elections: journalists face challenges such as censorship and lack of access to information
Covering parliamentary elections occuring on Dec. 6 in Venezuela has become a major challenge for national and international journalists.
Allegations of censorship, lack of access to public information, excessive rumors, fear of an Internet blackout, violence against reporters and confiscation of equipment are part of the environment in which journalists are working while covering the 6D, as this day has become known in social networks. Read more »