One of the side effects of the nationwide power outage of the last few days is the confirmation that Venezuelans are getting less reliable information about what’s going on.
Freelance reporter Cody Weddle, who covered Venezuela for several media outlets, spent half a day under arrest by Military Intelligence and was then deported out of the country. Ten foreign correspondents have been expelled from Venezuela during 2019, and 36 journalists have been arrested doing their job.
Even after the PR fiasco of Univision’s Jorge Ramos detention, the official pressure against the remains of free press continues both in Caracas and the countryside. Blocking Internet, closing radio stations and harassing correspondents is the new normal.
After the interview was interrupted by the dictator, the most famous Latino news anchor in the world and his crew were detained for hours, his equipment taken and then ordered to leave the country.
Nicolás Maduro tried to stop Venezuelans from watching and hearing the Venezuela Aid Live concert by taking down two cable channels and launching several Internet blockings.
A huge benefit concert in Cucuta will serve as a prelude to push forward the humanitarian aid and to create more global awareness on the Venezuelan crisis. But can it bring more public attention to our crisis or simply attract those convinced?
As the propaganda apparatus insists that there’s no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, now it’s spreading panic about the content of the relief cargoes.
235 Venezuelan NGOs just published a strongly-worded statement, pushing back against the “U.S.-backed coup” narrative promoted by Venezuelan state propaganda.
As millions of Venezuelans find their access to popular social media sites blocked by the State ISP, the government sock-puppet National Constituent Assembly discusses a draconian new Cyberspace Law.
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