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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’…

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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…

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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…