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Topic “Venezuela”

Digital native media inform and empower rural and indigenous communities in Latin America


Theaters in the streets to relay information, chronicles in indigenous languages and unknown stories from rural communities that don’t appear on the traditional news agenda. This is what some digital native media outlets in Latin America are producing and promoting.

Digital sites like La Pública in Bolivia, El Pitazo in Venezuela and global site Rising Voices are establishing relationships with low-income, rural and indigenous communities. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist has been in prison for a week after courts revoke his house arrest


Venezuelan journalist Leocenis García, founder and editor of the now-defunct editorial group 6to Poder, has been in prison for a week after his house arrest was revoked on July 4 and he was transferred to the jail of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN for its acronym in Spanish). Read more »


Consumption of news via social media grows in Venezuela in the midst of restrictions to traditional media

Given the various policies of the current Venezuelan government that restrict the free circulation of information in traditional media, social networks have become an alternative for news consumption among Venezuelans. This is according to a study commissioned by the human rights advocacy organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Attacks on the press and restrictions to access of information increase as Venezuelan crisis worsens


In one of the most violent events for the press this year in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, at least 19 media workers were attacked while covering protests taking place on June 2, according to the human rights advocacy organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Caucus on Alternative Information and Communication of Indigenous Peoples asks to be recognized by the UN

At the 15th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations, Anselmo Xunic, president of Asociación Sobrevivencia Cultural in Guatemala, asked the forum to recognize the new Caucus on Alternative Information and Communication of Indigenous Peoples. Read more »


IPYS Venezuela says 2015 is the most critical year for freedom of expression in the country since 2002

In 2015, Venezuela saw the highest number of violations to freedom of expression and right to information since 2002, according to a recent annual report from the Press and Society Institute (IPYS for its initials in Spanish) Venezuela. 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 »


After 82 years, Venezuela newspaper El Carabobeño cancels print edition due to newsprint shortage


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 »


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