April 1, 2014
Representatives of Venezuelan journalists denounced abuses against freedom of the press that are committed in your country before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
They spoke of attacks, reprisals, censorship, harassment in court, rationing of paper for political purposes, persecution of citizen journalism and control of the Internet.
The president of the National College of Journalists of Venezuela, Tinedo Guía, said that the limitations on the press began to worry after Radio Caracas Televisión was closed in January 2010.
The general secretary of the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP), Marco Ruiz, indicated that 116 journalists, including 31 foreign correspondents, have been attacked in the last month and a half, in addition, 23 informants were “illegally” detained.
They also documented up to 500 blocked Internet pages, many of them political information.
The Internet connection, they added, was weakened throughout the country and social networks such as Twitter were censored.
Finally, they spoke about the shortage of newsprint and the way in which the Chavista government uses the supply of paper to, according to what they accused, reward or punish the newspapers.
via Denounce censorship of Venezuela before IACHR – Newspaper am.
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