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Newsprint wars, memetic wars

Barquisimeto’s main newspaper El Impulso has announced that starting May 12th the paper will reduce its daily edition to only 8 pages. In an editorial, the paper explains the reason behind this drastic decision, putting the blame on one culprit: The Alfredo Maneiro Editorial Complex (CEAM), the State-owned provider of newsprint in the nation. The creation…

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Inside the hegemony: Huge but hollow

For all the coverage that Caracas Chronicles has given to the State’s communicational hegemony all these years, two things are certain: First, it has grown so large that it has devoured our media landscape and changed our public sphere in a drastic and overwhelmingly negative way. And second, its overall content is dedicated exclusively to…

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Teodoro y Petkoff

A visibly frail Teodoro Petkoff was awarded the Ortega y Gasset Prize yesterday. The honor is given by the Spanish newspaper El País, and it is one of our language’s most important awards for journalism. Petkoff is barred from leaving the country courtesy of a defamation lawsuit initiated by Diosdado Cabello, so he could not attend. Instead, former Spanish…

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Be Part of the Solution: Support Efecto Cocuyo

There are just 60-odd hours left on Efecto Cocuyo’s crowdfunding campaign, which means you still have a chance to fight back against Communicational Hegemony by supporting independent journalism in Venezuela during its darkest hour. We’re enormously fortunate to have some badass, cuatriovariada, multi-award-winning journos out there still willing to hit the streets and tell the stories the…

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Caracas Chronicles talks to @EfectoCocuyo

Today, I spoke to Luz Mely Reyes, co-founder of Efecto Cocuyo. After a few technical glitches, we got down to business: a visit to Venezuela by Barack Obama’s envoy; the current status of scarcity; the shuffles in Maduro’s cabinet; and the continued hiding of the country’s economic figures. Among the highlights, Reyes told me that she thinks…