The CPJ just released a special report on how Venezuela has used a combination of legal and illegal maneuvers to break down the country’s independent, private media, including non traditional outlets, such as websites.
According to the New York based NGO, Hugo Chavez desire to control what is published in the country has extended to the Internet. Under current legislation, for example, government officials can order Internet Service Providers to restrict websites that violate controls.
From CPJ’s report:
… It curbs electronic media content according to the time of the day, with adult content reserved for shows after midnight, including violent or sexual content and soap operas—and news images of violence.
Chavez efforts to put more controls on what news outlets can publish is more a result of the President desire to curb freedom of expression and threat critics of the regime, than a candid concern about the quality of the content audiences in Venezuela are being exposed to.
FJP: El Universal and El Nacional newspapers have lost all government advertsising, another measure to put pressure on independent news outlets.
Hi, we are writing you fron Caracas, Venezuela, a litlle oil nation in South America but with big problems about the journalism. If the people don’t now, we placed third in the growdth of Twitter and the users stars to use this social media to do citizen journalism about sport or Internet Activity.
Some How, if your staff needs writters that report what happends in this hemisphere, i would like to offers especific information.
I´m a multimedia journalist from “El-Nacional” newspaper. Please keep this way to promote the Digital Jourlalism and news alternative channel to express the “truth”.
We respond: Hola, y muchas gracias por ponerse en contacto con el Proyecto sobre el Periodismo del Futuro.
Podemos empezar diciendo que nos fascina Venezuela. Sin embargo, admitimos nuestra ignorancia sobre su país puesto que lo que sabemos se debe a algunos días que pasamos en Caracas, así como a través de los venezolanos que hemos conocido alrededor del mundo y lo que leemos en la prensa estadounidense.
Usted menciona que Venezuela tiene grandes problemas en lo que se refiere al ejercicio del periodismo. Efectivamente, de acuerdo a lo que leemos y escuchamos eso es muy cierto.
Pero lo que entendemos sobre el ambiente mediático bajo el régimen de Chavez pasa por muchos filtros y nos encantaría saber mas sobre la situación a través de personas que vivan ahí.
Si pudiera compartir sus opiniones con nosotros se lo agradeceríamos mucho.
And once for good measure in English: Hello and thank you for reaching out to us at the Future Journalism Project.
Can we start by saying that we love Venezuela. We admit our ignorance though as most of what we know is from time spent in Caracas, meeting Venezuelans in various parts of the world and what we read here in North America.
You say that Venezuela has big problems with journalism. Yes, from what we read and hear that is very true. But what we understand about the media environment under Chavez comes through many filters so we’d love to hear more from people who are actually there.
If you can share your perspective we would be very grateful.