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Analysis: Venezuelan Media

Accusations of Censorship in Venezuela’s Suena Caracas Music Festival: Public or Private?

Horacio Blanco, the leader of the group Desorden Publico, during Saturday’s performance in the Suena Caracas festival (agencie

Venezuelan free software activist Luigino Bracci addresses accusations that state channel Avila TV “censored” the beginning of a song by an anti-government group which was critical of corruption during the music festival Suena Caracas.

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Ideological Diversity within the Bolivarian Revolution: Interview with Aporrea's Gonzalo Gomez

Gonzalo Gómez speaking to an opposition crowd at the controversial Forum on Margarita Island.  Gómez has been widely criticise

In this interview, Gonzalo Gómez, founder of leftist Venezuelan website Aporrea.org and militant of  Marea Socialista (Socialist Tide) criticizes the PSUV for stifling political debates. He also expresses regret for participating in a debating panel with members of the right-wing opposition, and defends Aporrea from claims that it is financed by the CIA.

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Reporters without Scruples and the Committee to Protect Press Barons

Media distortions against Venezuela continue (CEPR)

Emersberger describes how the mainstream media sides with the Venezuelan opposition.

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Collective Panic in Venezuela

Colectivos are synonymous with community organizing, not violence. (agencies)
Venezuela’s colectivos are a myth created by the country’s elites to discredit the struggle for socialism and grassroots democracy.

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State Plans for Prolonged El Niño-Related Drought in Venezuela

cisterns

It’s the rainy season in tropical Caracas. The weather service frequently predicts thunderstorms and the air is thick with humidity, yet the menacing clouds rarely produce more than a few drops. Venezuela’s The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources expects half the usual rainfall for the season and is planning accordingly.

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Interview with Luis Britto Garcia, “The Blockades have Reduced and the Opposition is Divided”

Luis Britto Garcia (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlings)

In this interview, Venezuelan journalist and writer, Luis Britto Garcia, observes a growing division within the Venezuelan opposition, and he analyses the work of Gene Sharp, a US political scientist, and his theory of “soft coups”.

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Venezuela: The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted

(Etten Carvallo/Ciudad CCS)

After over a month of violence explicitly aimed at ousting the Maduro government, major media outlets and governments in the North Atlantic are blind to the bad faith of the opposition.

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Mercal Shooting Highlights Class Polarization, Psychologists Fear “Fractured Coexistence”

Venezuelans wait in line to buy food at Mercal. (Archive)

Over the weekend, a panel of psychologists convened to discuss the societal tension that has built up since violent protest broke out in Venezuela, in February. They determined that dialogue-friendly spaces and a feeling of general safety have been compromised dramatically. The fatal shooting of a woman waiting on line to buy food Saturday highlighted fiercely clashing responses through social media as each political sector interpreted the tragedy as proof of their own worst fears.

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Demonising the "Colectivos": Demonising the Grassroots

Chavista supporters in El Vigia (archive)

As it's prone to do, the private media has invented a new thing. In both English and Spanish they are calling it colectivos, and these collectives are meant to be irrational, cruel, grotesque armed motorbike riders who “enforce” the revolution and are responsible for most of the current violence. 

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An Extremely Newsworthy Op-Ed in Venezuela, or So One would Think

A cover from Ultimas Noticias (UN / archive)

If most people in English speaking countries believe that the media is far less free in Venezuela than in their own countries, it actually highlights the deplorable state of press freedom in their own.

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Does Venezuelan Television Provide Coverage That Opposes the Government?

Right-wing opposition legislator Maria Corina Machado speaking live on private channel Globovision to a range of media outlets l

Leopoldo López is a politician, and so he can be forgiven for hyperbole (like right-wing critics of President Obama in the United States, who call him a “socialist dictator”). But the New York Times and CPJ should be more careful not to present false claims as fact.

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Yet Again: Crime

Crime has been the number one issue for Venezuelans for decades (archive)

Britto Garcia argues that the media has been selective in what sort of crimes it reports, and looks at the motives behind this.

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20 Points to Understand the Psychological War against Venezuela

Olivia Suarez (CDO)

Psychologists Olivia Suarez and Fernando Giuliani warn that some sectors are trying to plant uncertainty and anxiety and to paint a picture of a country that is supposedly falling apart so that the people are open to any measures to restore “order”.

 

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Opposition Reissues Claim Maduro “Isn’t Venezuelan”

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro (agencies)

As part of ongoing attempts to prevent President Nicolas Maduro from consolidating his leadership in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, right-wing forces at home and abroad have reissued false claims that he was born in neighboring Colombia.

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Rats and Opposition Newspapers in Venezuela

The front page of Tal Cual on 18 April 2013, comparing Maduro to Adolf Hitler (Tal Cual)

HoV exposes the latest manipulations by Venezuelan daily Tal Cual, pointing to the falsity of corporate media claims that Venezuelan private media is subject to limits on freedom of expression

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