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Monday, May 15, 2017

Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship gets a hand from friendly media

One factor that has helped the socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro survive in Venezuela is the strong support of much of the media. Cesar Batiz, editor-in-chief of El Pitazo, monitored the country’s TV news channels over the past month and found their coverage had certain things in common. He tells Al Jazeera, “The channels gave more airtime to government spokespeople criticizing the demonstrations than to voices from the opposition.” But at rallies supporting the government, the government and the attendees were interviewed but the opposition was not.  This government-friendly approach isn’t the result of government minders controlling what goes on air, much of it is self-censorship by journalists who are very aware their careers (and freedom) could be at stake if they go too far in their criticism of the regime. More…

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