It’s a familiar narrative at this point: governments facing mass protests tighten their grip on state-run media outlets and internet providers to keep a lid on incriminating information they’d rather not have broadcast to the entire world.
Venezuela and hypocrisy of the international left
As students and the middle class protest for almost two weeks in the streets of Venezuela, the international left remain silent. Why is this wide swath of Venezuelan society protesting? Because of meddling from the United States in preparation of a fascist coup, says Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Certainly lines borrowed from the Cuban/Soviet handbook.
International left and its blind spot on Venezuela
When will the left acknowledge that Chavez’s socialist dream has turned into a nightmare? Students are protesting against crime and government repression.
There was a time when the so-called Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela appeared to hold great promise. I remember watching The Revolution Will Not Be Televised back in 2003 and being mesmerised by what I saw: Here was a government spending the…
Venezuelan NGO shows abuse of government media during protests
Since recent protests began in Venezuela, the government has increased its abuse of the “national blanket broadcast” to criticize activists and promote its own political agenda.
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In 2013, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro utilized the “national blanket broadcast” (cadena nacional) 202 times for a total of 169 horas…
Cadenómetro demuestra abuso de poder durante protestas en Venezuela
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En el año 2013, Nicolás Maduro salió 169 horas en 202 transmisiones de Cadena Nacional de Radio y Televisión (28 minutos cada día). En épocas electorales y también ahora durante las protestas que se llevan acabo en Venezuela, el primer mandatorio aumenta su uso abusivo de este estratégia comunicacional. En las semanas de la campaña electoral…