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Attacks on the Press   |   Venezuela

Attacks on the Press in 2008: Venezuela

Official intolerance of criticism and unfounded government accusations promoted a climate of fear among Venezuelan journalists. Tensions reached new heights in September when, without providing evidence, President Hugo Chávez Frías and high-ranking administration officials accused private media outlets of plotting to overthrow the government and murder the president. With violent crime rates escalating, the murder of a newspaper executive and the shooting of a critical columnist raised concern about journalists’ safety.

February 10, 2009 12:04 AM ET

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Former police officer convicted in photographer’s murder

New York, May 20, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Monday’s conviction by a Venezuelan court of former police officer Boris Blanco for the 2006 murder of photojournalist Jorge Aguirre.

May 20, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press 2006: Venezuela


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President Hugo Chávez Frías, who has outlasted a coup and a recall, swept
to victory in the December 3 presidential election amid tense relations with the press. Chávez threatened to withhold licenses from broadcast outlets critical of his administration, while the attorney general quashed coverage of a prosecutor’s assassination amid press reports that exposed weaknesses in the government’s probe. Journalists faced physical dangers as well, with one murdered in 2006.
February 5, 2007 10:59 AM ET

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Venezuelan photographer gunned down near anti-crime protest















New York, April 6, 2006
—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing on Wednesday of Venezuelan photographer Jorge Aguirre, who was shot as he approached an anti-crime demonstration. CPJ calls on Venezuelan authorities to conduct a prompt investigation and bring the killer to justice.
April 6, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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