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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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Whitewashing Venezuela’s Right Wing

Opposition activists clash with security forces in Caracas, March 2014 (Federico Parra)

In the heated media war over Venezuela, studies produced by well-funded NGOs (usually with ties to powerful states) have been regularly cited by the western corporate media to paint a grim picture of the country.

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Protest and Destabilization in Venezuela: The Difference Between the Violent And Non-Violent Right Is Smaller Than You May Think

Anti-government protestors in Venezuela. (Carlos Becerra / Creative Commons)

Ellner argues that the opposition's street action and civil unrest appear to follow a coordinated plan which is pre-designed to provoke regime change in Venezuela while justifying violence in the eyes of mass media.

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London Newspaper Retracts False Information on Venezuela

Anti-government demonstrators burn trash at a barricade in wealthy neighborhood of Alta Mira, Caracas, in February (AP /Rodrigo

On March 14th, the London Evening Standard published an article in which it claimed “28 demonstrators were killed in the past month” in Venezuela. The figure referred to the anti-government protests that had broken out in the South American nation, in February. 

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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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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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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 Ombudswoman Accuses "NGOs" of “False” Reports

Ramirez has accused NGOs of "false" reports. (VTV)

Venezuelan ombudswoman Gabriela Ramírez has accused international organizations of misrepresenting human rights conditions in Venezuela.

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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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Venezuelan Open Source Software Communities Condemn Media Manipulation

(Patrick Seeger/DPA/Archive)

Free Software and Free Knowledge communities repudiate media manipulation and Internet use to promote terrorism against Venezuela.

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