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Topic “Venezuela”

Director of Venezuelan newspaper requests investigation against National Assembly leader

The director of the Caracas newspaper, Tal Cual, Teodoro Petkoff, asked the Attorney General’s office last week to open an investigation against Diosdado Cabello, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, his attorney Ytala Hernández Torres and Yurbis Sayago Ramos, notary third of Chacao, for allegedly forging public documents, embezzlement and favoring public officers.  Read more »


Venezuelan president calls for Latin American summit of chavista Twitter users

During the second edition of his new radio and TV show “En Contacto con Maduro, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro proposed a conference of Twitter users from Latin America and the Caribbean in Caracas, state TV network Venezolana de Television (VTV) reported. Read more »


Venezuelan president launches radio program “In contact with Maduro”


Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro launched a weekly radio program titled “En contacto con Maduro” (“In contact with Maduro” in English) on Tuesday, March 11, reported the digital newspaper Infobae. With his new program, Maduro emulates the late former President Hugo Chávez, whose own program, “Aló Presidente” (“Hello Mr. President”), communicated his policies and activities every Sunday. Read more »


In Venezuelan protests, citizen journalists fill the information gap


On February 12th, violent protests in Caracas led to the deaths of three people. Eyewitnesses sent video footage and photographs to the newspaper Ultimas Noticias, which then published them online. The footage shows both security forces in uniform and people dressed in civilian clothing opening fire on protesters, quite a different account than the one presented by official media. As with Ukraine and other countries in conflict, social media and citizen journalism is playing a crucial role in getting the truth out. Read more »


65 attacks on journalists, freedom of expression during Venezuelan mass protests: IPYS

The mass protests in Venezuela have led to 65 violations to freedom of expression, according to the Press and Society Institute (IPYS). As part of those violations, the organization published that, since the protests began on Feb. 12, 69 journalists have been affected by the situation. Among the violations are cases of aggressive and arbitrary arrests by police forces and attacks by protesters and government sympathizers.  Read more »


Journalists covering Venezuelan protests should consider using body armor: CPJ

Journalists covering the mass protests in Venezuela should consider wearing bulletproof vests, said Frank Smyth, senior advisor for journalism security for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in a recent blog post. Read more »


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