Venezuela: Media condemns acts of “censorship”

Media professionals in Venezuela are concerned with various measures and threats from different types of press and publications. He accused President Nicolas Maduro of taking “a systematic policy” of “media” critical of the regime.


A digital television station condemned the seizure of its broadcast equipment, cameras and computers in Venezuela last Friday (January 8, 2021), while other local media reported seat closures or cyber attacks.

Officials of the National Telecommunications Commission (Contel) and the Tax Administration (Senate Service) conducted a “joint operation” at the Caracas offices of VPITV, an online television station based in Miami, in the United States. United is dedicated to current events in Venezuela and Latin America.

The operation involved questioning workers and confiscating equipment, the forum said in a statement: “It is a clear act of censorship that prevents our operations from continuing,” she wrote.

The National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) regularly accuses President Nicolas Maduro of carrying out “a systematic policy” of “asphyxiation” of media criticizing the regime. Espacio Publico, an NGO promoting freedom of expression, refutes the fact that more than a hundred media have been shut down since the Socialist leader came to power in 2013.


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The regional daily Panorama, west of the state of Zulia (on the border with Colombia), reported on Twitter that the tax administration (Senia) had closed its headquarters for five days, citing a “breech off”. Formal obligations “, while tal cual website reported” digital attacks “.

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Neither Contel nor Sennett referred to this situation. But Venezuela’s government press condemned UK funding of independent news sites, SNTPs and the government’s important non-governmental organizations.

“We condemn the United Kingdom’s government’s gross interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs. As they are Venezuelan Gold (…) sequels, they are funding the media and opposition organizations. We will bring this complaint first . United Nations, “Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Araja wrote on Twitter on Friday, with nearly 1 billion dollars of gold in Venezuela blocked at the Bank of England.

The UK embassy in Venezuela responded: “Freedom of speech and media is essential for democracy. Preserving it everywhere is a priority.” The embassy said that London “will continue to support Venezuela’s civil society”.

Jean-clued SAMYDE with AFP

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