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 »
Venezuelan media and transparency advocates have launched platforms to ensure that voters in the Dec. 6 parliamentary elections have an outlet to report irregularities in the electoral process.
The website Guachimán Electoral (Election Watchman) launched on Nov. 13 and soon began accepting complaints from Venezuelan residents concerning violations of voting rights or election laws. Read more »
Agents of the Venezuelan national police agency in charge of criminal investigations (known by its Spanish acronym CICPC) detained and physically and verbally abused two journalists as they tried to cover the transfer of prisoners from high security on June 19, according to local news agencies and press watchdogs. Read more »
The suspect in the March 2014 killing of pregnant journalist Adriana Urquiola is back in Venezuela after having fled to Colombia.
With a total of 579 violations and 350 cases, 2014 was the “worst year” on record in terms “guarantees to the human right to freedom of expression” in Venezuela, according to non-governmental organization Espacio Público. The number of violations and cases, they said, are the highest they have been in the past 20 years. Read more »
In a hearing before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), a group of Venezuelan journalists, union members, and local NGOs have firmly denounced ongoing censorship of the press in Venezuela. Read more »
Increasing pressure on traditional media in Venezuela over recent years has forced journalists critical of the government to move online in search of refuge. The transition has spurred the creation of several small publications online and has changed the way that Venezuelans, especially those critical of the government, share and receive information. Read more »
The Organization of American States' special rapporteur for Freedom of Expression released a statement in which it “express[ed] its deepest concern for the deterioration of the right to freedom of expression in Venezuela.” Read more »