Media Censorship in Venezuela

Collection with 11 media items created by Carlos Hernandez

17 Feb 2014 22:00

Venezuelan journalists are concerned about the lack of freedom to report in their country. On February 12 , the coverage of a student protest march was minimized in newsrooms by creating an information blackout. Self-censorship is happening in the media, due to pressures from the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

A form of this pressure can be seen by the government's refusal to sell foreign exchange to the media, to import the paper for printing - there is a exchange control in Venezuela and the only provider of currency is the government , unless acquired on the black market at a price 10 times higher than the official price. Eight daily papers in the country have closed their editions, according to the Press and Society Institute , an NGO that advocates freedom of the press, and at least 40 are reducing the circulation.

The papers need to buy dollars to import their paper. The government is the only one who can sell them dollars. Paper for printing is running out fast, and many no longer have stock in their warehouses. Many of the papers are critical of the government.

Before the student protest last week, journalists and media workers marched in Caracas, demanding the government currencies, as now there are increasingly more journalists out of work, because newspapers are closing, and freedom of press is being threatened.

Venezuela Caracas Journalists Media Censorship

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 1
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists marching in Caracas, Venezuela to demand press freedom on 12 February 2014.

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 2
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists refuse media censorship in Venezuela where many newspapers are closing or reducing their circulation

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 3
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists speaking up against media censorship at a conference in Caracas, Venezuela

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 4
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists marching in Caracas, Venezuela to demand press freedom on 12 February 2014.

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 5
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists struggle against oppression and information blackout in the media due to government's censorship in Venezuela.

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 6
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists marching in Caracas, Venezuela to demand press freedom on 12 February 2014.

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 7
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists marching in Caracas, Venezuela to demand press freedom on 12 February 2014.

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 8
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists protesting against media censorship and oppression in Venezuela.

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 9
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists's protest against the media censorship causing newspapers to close and journalists to lose their jobs in Venezuela.

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 10
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists protest against media censorship in Venezuela where the government refuses to sell foreign exchange to the media or import paper for printing because of strict exchange control.

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Media Censorship in Venezuela 11
Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
18 Feb 2014

Journalists marching in Caracas, Venezuela to demand press freedom on 12 February 2014.