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Human Rights Watch Keeps the Distortions Coming about Venezuela

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Joe Emersberger calls out Human Rights Watch on their latest attempt to “mislead” people about the content of Venezuelan media.

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FiveThirtyEight Gets it Wrong on Venezuela

FiveThirtyEight.com features Venezuelan economy

Nate Silver, who became famous for his use of polling data to accurately project U.S. elections, launched a new blog – FiveThirtyEight.com last month.  It’s been off to a rough start, Paul Krugman wrote soon after its launch, “[S]loppy and casual opining with a bit of data used, as the old saying goes, the way a drunkard uses a lamppost — for support, not illumination.” I leave it to the reader to decide whether the FiveThirtyEight article on March 17 by Dorothy Kronick on Venezuela fits this description.

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On Respect for Facts about Venezuela in the UK Guardian and Elsewhere

(Julian Simmonds)

It took a lot of prodding but I finally got the UK Guardian to correct an error in an article about Venezuela by Virginia Lopez. She had written that anti-government protesters were venting their rage at, among other things, “hyperinflation”.

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Where is Venezuela’s Political Violence Coming From? A Complete List of Fatalities from the Disturbances

A confrontation on 1 March between barricade militants and pólice in Mérida (el meridenazo)

About 40 people have died in connection with opposition protests, street barricades and unrest which have been occurring since early February in Venezuela. An examination of the fatalities suggests some of the following conclusions.

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Venezuela: A Call for Peace

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (EFE)

The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events. Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the grass roots that has ensured that both power and resources are equitably distributed among our people.

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Media Distortions about Venezuela Not Just a Problem in the U.S.

(CEPR)

I sometimes complain about U.S. media coverage of Venezuela, which is mostly one-sided and sometimes terribly inaccurate. But compared to most of the Latin American media, U.S. reporting is practically “fair and balanced.” 

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Exchange with CBC on Venezuela Article by Mark Cadiz

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Emersbergerwrote to Mark Cadiz of the CBC (exchange below) about an article of his that claimed Venezuelan “activists” were turning to social media because the Venezuelan government censors news about the protests.

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Who Is Dying in Venezuela? A Revealing NYT Correction

Street barricade, Merida, Venezuela (Pedro Moreno)

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has an op-ed in theNew York Times today (3/26/14). Given that he is currently being held in a military prison, the piece is notable. But the most revealing part might be a correction that appears at the end.

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Venezuelan Human Rights Experts Call for End to “Media Distortion” of Protests and State Response

Two demonstrators at a pro-government march “for peace” in Mérida recently. The banner reads “no more violence, we want p

A group of thirty six Venezuelan human rights activists offer their views on the guarantee of human rights in the current protests. Analysing the overall situation, they argue that there is a purposeful distortion of the situation by mass media and even some NGOs for political reasons.

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Amnesty International Opposes Venezuelans Defending Their Human Rights

A scene from San Cristobal, 7 March (AFP)

In a recent article Amnesty International accused the Venezuelan government of a “witch hunt” when opposition mayor, Daniel Ceballos was arrested. However, Amnesty has yet to use such strong language against the five weeks of human rights violations people in Venezuela have suffered at the hands of violent opposition sectors. The “witch hunt” term demonises the people’s right to bring such criminals to justice.

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The Truth about Venezuela: A Revolt of the Well-off, Not a 'Terror Campaign'

A Venezuelan protester poses for a portrait at Altamira square in Caracas (Jorge Silva / Reuters)

John Kerry’s rhetoric is divorced from the reality on the ground, where life goes on – even at the barricades

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Understanding the Facts on Violence and Human Rights in Venezuela's Unrest

Opposition marchers in Caracas on Wednesday 12 March argue with the National Guard (EDSAU OLIVARES / El Universal)

Venezuelanlysis.com publishes a concise study of the fatalities, wounded and damages caused in the last month of political violence. The findings suggest that the narrative used to explain the violence in most mainstream media outlets is either uninformed or deliberately misleading.

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Venezuela Is Not Occupy: U.S. Congress Got It Wrong

vendetta mask protester

With demonstrating students in the streets confronting state security forces, the recent unrest and violence in Venezuela superficially bears a resemblance to the Occupy Movement that began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park on September 2011. But the similarity ends there.

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Solidarity Organisations Demand Media Accuracy on Venezuela

Violent opposition protesters destroy a ticket booth of the Caracas metrobus on Sunday (twitter)

Solidarity organisations have issued various statements demanding media accuracy on the opposition protests and violence being experienced in Venezuela.

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The Good Kind of Protesters–And The Bad Kind

Good protesters. (ABC)

It's fair to say that the complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.

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