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Correo del Caroni pushes back against Newsprint-geddon – and fails

Today’s edition of Ciudad Guayana daily Correo del Caroni had terrible news for its readers: its daily edition will cease this Friday, July 31st and the following Friday the paper will become a weekly paper. One of the few independent media outlets in the entire Guayana region, Correo del Caroni has struggled since last year thanks…

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Inside soaps

One of the perks of writing the blog is that I get to meet and interact with interesting people I wouldn’t normally associate with – both in the comments section, and outside of it. Case in point: a few months ago I got the chance to spend some time with Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, a professor of Communication Studies…

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Inside the Hegemony’s Alternative Twitter-verse

Have you ever noticed how many pro-government Trending Topics are all over the Venezuelan Twittersphere? Ever wonder how the central government really does that? The folks at NGO IPYS Venezuela recently released two reports that spell out how the hegemony uses the zillions of Twitter accounts belonging to State officials and institutions to both spread its propaganda and attack opponents. The first one,…

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CONATEL Blues

The National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) has expanded its core duties into supporting the State’s repression apparatus by monitoring what Venezuelans say on social media, among other things. But as CONATEL tries to do too much at once, its workers are feeling the strain. On Wednesday, CONATEL employees organized an impromptu protest right in front of the agency’s main offices to…

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Se llamaba CONATEL

Between August and October of last year, eight Twitter users were detained by the Venezuelan intelligence service (SEBIN). To this day, five remain jailed in the Helicoide. Four have plead guilty to minor charges in exchange for lesser sentences and were pressured to change their defense lawyers (from NGO Foro Penal) for public defenders. But how…