Venezuela and the media

The National Assembly of Venezuela approved official censorship of independent media and national and international journalists out of alleged violence promotion. Who is the violence promoter?

The agreement takes into account what happened with the journalists of Transparencia Venezuela, Jesús Urbina and María José Tua, who were detained with Brazilian correspondents when they were investigating the Odebrecht corruption case in the country.

The agreement also rejects the decision of the Venezuelan National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) to allow cable signal providers to remove CNN en Español from the air, days after CNN issued an investigation into the alleged fraudulent issuance of passports and visas Venezuelans.

If you are in Venezuela, here is the CNN en Español LIVE signal
If you are in Venezuela, here is the CNN en Español LIVE signal

Venezuela's foreign minister, Delcy Rodríguez, accused the network of conducting what she called "an imperial media operation" against her country last week by issuing "Passports in the Shadow." The director of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), Andrés Eloy Méndez, said last Thursday that the decision is based on Venezuelan law and said that CNN in Spain "became a cannon of instigation of violence in the country, to hate Religious and political ".

The commission accused CNN en Espanol of slander and distortions and said that the network was violating the rights of freedom of expression protected by the Venezuelan Constitution.

In a statement, CNN en Español rejected the act of censorship and confirmed that it will continue to fulfill its commitment to the Venezuelan public, as well as with truth and transparency.

The president of the People's Power and Media Commission, Adiana D'Elia, the opposition, said Tuesday that access to information is a right.

Opposition MP Larissa Gonzalez said it is "very bad" for the government to let the world know that officials are involved in drug trafficking and the sale of illegal passports.

Last week in Caracas, official groups, as well as guilds of journalists and newspaper workers went to the headquarters of the National Telecommunications Commission. Among supporters of the Venezuelan government, a group of motorists urged Conatel to completely shut down the CNN signal in the country's cable operators.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said that Venezuela reinforces "a regime of prior censorship incompatible with inter-American instruments that prohibit censorship for information of a notorious public interest."

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