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Stealth Censorship Chronicles

Since its acquisition by a mysterious, quite possibly bogus Spanish investment firm, Caracas newspaper El Universal has shown that it will follow the path of Ultimas Noticias and Globovision, media outlets in  the hands of the private part of the media hegemony (HegemonCorp.). The National Press Workers’ Union (SNTP) released a list of more than 30…

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I, blogger

This blog has existed for well over ten years. It has taken countless hours away from other activities from both us, the writers and editors, and you, the people who comment (particularly some of you … You know who you are). In spite of this, we keep doing it. We value this blog, and we believe…

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A media landscape like no other

Venezuelans like to think that our country is like no other, that our issues are different than those in other countries. Chavismo is such a different beast, the quirks of our oil economy so idiosyncratic, we tend to believe that understanding Venezuela requires a distinct framework. I came to Bonn expecting to find that, in spite…

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Caracas Chronicles in Deutschland

I’m delighted Caracas Chronicles has been invited by the German Embassy in Santiago and the Deutsche Welle to this year’s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. The theme of the Forum this year is particularly relevant for all of us in the blogging community, since it deals with the role of old and new media in this…

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Disbanded, but not without honor

A hat tip to Ultimas Noticias’ former investigation team for receiving the award for best investigative report from IPYS (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad). Congrats to César Batiz, Airam Fernández, Lisette Boon, Laura Weffer, Albinson Linares, and their director, Tamoa Calzadilla. Please forgive me if any names are missing, I took the information from the Ultimas Noticias post reporting on…

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Telesur will now talk Güachington too

Last weekend, Nicolas Maduro announced in Bolivia that Telesur, the news/propaganda channel created in 2005 by Venezuela and its allies to “promote Latin American integration” will start broadcasting in English next month. Telesur has been Chavismo & Friends’ TV mouthpiece for years, but to many the channel has failed in its goal of become an alternative to CNN, BBC…

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“Media Plot:” The hegemony’s permanent excuse

Last week, the government organized a high-profile conference about what they like to call “the media plot against Venezuela.” This was the usual blame-it-all-on-the-Evil-Empire gig, with a few minor power players and so-called international pundits on hand to bash the usual enemies. It also pointed to a heightened interest in clamping down whatever freedoms are left…

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The Slow Agony of Grupo Últimas Noticias

Two more high-profile journalists have been fired from what remains the largest newspaper group in Venezuela, Grupo Últimas Noticias (GÚN) were fired this Monday: Erys Alvarado, the newsroom’s director, and Jovan Pulgarin, editor of the group’s sport newspaper Lider. At the same time, the main graphics director Carmen Riera resigned in protest. According to the SNTP (National Press Workers’…

Ubiquitous yet pointless

The thin and the thick of it

There are many things that are fat in Venezuela. The people are fat, mostly as a result of a terrible diet. And Diosdado Cabello’s wallet is fat. But there are also a number of things that are thin, ultra thin. Newspapers are Calista-Flockhart-thin. The picture above shows three, count’em THREE national newspapers. I guess you read about the…