CPJ releases report on Venezuela in run-up to elections
As a result of President Hugo Chávez Frias' 13 years in
office, several critical media outlets have either disappeared or been scared
into silence. The gap has been filled by a vast state media presence that
merely echoes the government's positions. CPJ's special
report, issued on August 29, the organization's fourth since Chávez took
office, highlights the legislative hurdles, online attacks against journalists,
and repressive state media that are limiting critical news coverage in the
run-up to Venezuela's presidential elections in October.
CPJ received widespread coverage of the report, both in
print, including articles published in The
Associated Press and The
Los Angeles Times, and social media. Editorials published by Carlos Lauría,
CPJ's senior Americas program coordinator, in Spain's El País,
and by CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon, in The
Miami Herald, also served to drive interest to the publication.
The report, which features CPJ's recommendations on press
freedom to the Venezuelan authorities, is available in English
or as a podcast.
CPJ will be discussing the deterioration of the independent press in Venezuela
at two events in September--the Inter-American
Dialogue in Washington, D.C., on September 13, and the Americas
Society, on September 18.