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Relying on the newsprint of neighbors (2nd Update)

As more visible forms of pressure against the media are gaining in prominence, the newsprint shortage faced by most newspapers in Venezuela (which I coined Newsprint-geddon) is still on the march. On Sunday, El Universal announced that it would reduce its printed edition from Mondays to Saturdays, starting April 15th. Weeks ago, Barquisimeto’s El Impulso said that…

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The war on journalists gets worse

Yesterday, during the violent rampage by pro-government thugs inside the Universidad Central de Venezuela, several journalists were harrassed, and saw their equipment stolen. Since last month, attacks against journalists have shown no sign of decreasing. According to the SNTP (National Press Workers’ Union), there have been at least 170 cases of aggression against press workers since…

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Censorship and Rebellion at Cadena Capriles

Cadena Capriles, the largest newspaper group in Venezuela is in turmoil after a special report on the Altamira Square protests was cut from the Sunday edition of its flagship newspaper, Ultimas Noticias. The article titled “What’s behind the guarimbas?” by veteran journalist (and friend-of-the-blog) Laura Weffer can be read here in Spanish. If you’re interested in downloading it…

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Notes on the Venezuelan Media Blackout

In a recent nationwide broadcast of a Peace Summit between the Government and some opposition people (none of the actors involved in the current crisis attended), Venevisión’s Carlos Bardasano, speaking on behalf of private media, gave a brief speech: “I believe everything has been said, you can count on the private media to help build…

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Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking for newspapers

As another local newspaper has stopped printing for the time being, and many others undergo severe changes to stretch out their reserves, the newsprint shortage continues unabated. On Tuesday, the National Press Workers’ Union (SNTP) held another protest in front of the offices of CADIVI (now called the National Center for Foreign Commerce). The public demonstration…

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Countdown to Newsprint-geddon, cont. (Updated)

The latest casualty in the ongoing newsprint crisis is, surprisingly, one of the hegemony’s main newspapers: Diario VEA. In Monday’s edition (seen the photo), they informed their readers that they would probably stop printing because of the shortage. They finally could keep publishing for now thanks to the leftovers of newsprint from previous editions. VEA’s…

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In the last 15 years, the cadena nacional has become part of the daily programming in free-to-air radio and television. This year more so, what with the situation regarding the health of the Hugo Chávez, his passing, the week of mourning that followed, the 14-A and 8-D elections, and of course the first eight and…