Wednesday, July 28

Nicols Maduro redoubles the repression against media and journalists


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The revolutionary combat mess to start the year against eight independent media have confirmed Nicols Maduro’s roadmap, which was not even secret. The repression against the opposition and against civil society will continue with more accent and in greater depth in 2021, although the Chavista leader can always argue that whoever warns is not a traitor.

“The second great challenge from 2021 onwards is the communicational battle,” advanced the ‘son of Chvez’ before it ended.

the year

passed in one of his constant television interventions. “The battle for the truth, win it in each neighborhood, in each family, in each urbanization, in each community, in the networks, in the media, in the streets, on the walls … Media, networks, streets, walls, homes! Win the communicational battle there! “, ordered the leader of the revolution.

Various government bodies and their repressive forces participated in the deployment against the few independent media that resist in Venezuela. In the digital television channel VPI TV, which broadcasts the activities of the legitimate Parliament and the protests that are multiplying throughout the country, they stole cameras, transmission equipment, computers and other essential elements to continue their work. “This represents an evident act of censorship that prevents the continuity of our operations and undermines the freedom of the press in

Venezuela

“protested the channel through a statement, which has not broadcast from their country for several days.

Since his accession to power in 2013, Maduro has strengthened and expanded the communicational hegemony initiated by Hugo Chvez. And it has done so without limits in the audiovisual scene, where it not only controls all the state channels, including the international Telesur, at the 24-hour service of revolutionary propaganda.

Private parties have also accommodated themselves to the orders that arrive from the Miraflores Palace, especially Globovisin

, the news channel bought in 2013 by frontmen of Chavismo, until then of opposition tendency, and that today fiercely defends the Bolivarian proclamations. So much so that he even accused the other media of being financed “to overthrow the Government.”

The newspaper

As it is

, founded by the intellectual Teodoro Petkoff, suffered a digital attack (“a new attack on freedom of expression,” lamented the medium through its social networks), a maneuver that has become common against independent media and that its sum to the blockades that take place on YouTube, Facebook and other platforms to prevent the so-called opponents from being known.

Instead, against the newspaper

Panorama

, close to government theses, the punishment was temporary: the closure for several days of its main newsroom in Maracaibo, the second largest city in the country. On other occasions, this newspaper has published information that Chavismo did not like, demanding 100% fidelity, including interviews with Rafael Ramrez, former vice president and former oil czar, exiled today in Italy and a severe critic of Maduro’s administration.

Against the digital media Efecto Cocuyo, El Pitazo, El Estmulo and Caraota Digital, the “origin of the attack was a manipulated information published by the English medium Daily Maverick, which in Venezuela was replicated by prooficialist media, two of them closely linked because they have the same owner, Globovision and El Universal “, Csar Batiz, director of El Pitazo, explained to EL MUNDO.

In a smear campaign coordinated from power, Chavista media and even the Foreign Ministry denounced “the rude interference of the Government of the United Kingdom in the internal processes of Venezuela. While they kidnap the Venezuelan gold necessary to attend to the

Covid

, finance media and opposition organizations. We will raise this complaint to the United Nations, “pontificated Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

London maintains different programs to help the press in countries such as Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia. The British Embassy in Caracas explained through a statement that “we have promoted different cooperation projects with various independent organizations to support the improvement of the capacities of Venezuelan journalists …

We will continue to support civil society in promoting democratic values ​​and human rights

“.

Opponents, journalists, NGOs, even the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP): all of them figure in the center of Chavismo’s target to keep everything in power. “The use of false or manipulated information by prooficialist media is observed with the purpose of criminalizing and harassing the media, in order to continue in the construction of the communicational hegemony, which is one of the characteristics of the media. hegemonic authoritarianisms, “concluded Batiz.

“Welcome to the international support that the media may receive, any contribution that we could collect is to survive and does not correspond to any conspiracy or irregular act,” says former ambassador Emilio Figueredo, editor of Analtica.

The Presidency in charge, the Catholic Church and countries in the region, such as Colombia (“brutal attack against freedom of the press”) and the United States, stepped out of the revolutionary offensive. “Closing media and stealing their equipment is part of the undeclared war of the dictatorship against citizens”, fustig

Juan Guaid

.

“If the media is transgressed, democracy is transgressed,” said Cardinal Baltazar Porras, archbishop of Caracas.

What is behind the new attack on the independent press? Despite the social, political and informational control that the revolution maintains, Chavismo lost popular support years ago and needs very thick smoke screens to mitigate the national collapse that the country is suffering. On 6-D, the Bolivarian candidates were satisfied with 20% of the votes; according to polls, 14% of followers and 6% pushed by threats.

“Given the deepening of the crisis, the Government makes its causes invisible”

, round the NGO Espacio Pblico. “It is a demonstration that the ruling party and its allies do not have effective mechanisms to reach audiences despite censorship, media blocking and persecution of journalists,” Batiz said.

Also in Cuba

In parallel to its “sister revolution”, Castroism has also launched a campaign of harassment and persecution against the island’s independent and alternative media. “Media dependent on cyberbusiness against Cuba. Mercenary media and liars”, pull the president

Miguel Daz-Canel

, about a newspaper report

Granma

, very similar to the one carried out in Venezuela by Globovisin. “With their annexationist strategy they intoxicate the social networks,” concluded the official bulletin of the Communist Party of Cuba.

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