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Maduro's internet blackout stifles news of Venezuela crisis

March 18, 2019 3:14 PM ET

One of the world's biggest news stories on March 4 was the daring return to Venezuela of opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, who faced possible arrest by the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro. But most Venezuelans were unable to follow his homecoming....

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CPJ joins letter expressing concern about proposed cyberspace law in Venezuela

January 18, 2019 12:38 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 30 regional and international rights organizations expressing concern about a proposed law in Venezuela that would expand the powers of the government to control and monitor internet use without institutional checks....

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Lawsuits and economic crisis drive Venezuela's journalists into exile

December 18, 2018 12:08 PM ET

When Ewald Scharfenberg, the founding editor of the Venezuelan investigative news website Armando.Info, holds editorial meetings, he pulls out his mobile phone. That's because most of his reporters are in Venezuela while Scharfenberg lives and works in neighboring Colombia....

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Venezuela's anti-hate law provides Maduro with another tool to intimidate the press

February 6, 2018 5:15 PM ET

In what journalists fear could be a taste of things to come, Venezuela's new anti-hate law was enforced for the first time against a news organization on January 30, when Yndira Lugo, the editor of Diario Región, was called before government agents for questioning....

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End of the print run for Venezuela's regional press as supplies dry up for critical outlets

December 27, 2017 10:00 AM ET

The lobby of El Carabobeño includes a display of vintage cameras, engraving plates and paper cutters from the 1930s when the newspaper was founded in Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. But now El Carabobeño's modern printing press could be added to the exhibit....

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From power cuts to powerful threats, Venezuela's indigenous journalists face a series of challenges in their reporting

September 13, 2017 5:14 PM ET

Three twentysomethings huddle over a desk in a small room in Tucupita, a low-slung city of about 90,000 people that spills across the Orinoco river delta region in northeastern Venezuela. Far from the tear gas and street conflicts roiling cities including Caracas and Valencia, these journalists are focused on...

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After Venezuelan elections, Globovisión shows more defiant stance

March 23, 2016 6:27 PM ET

When Venezuela's opposition broke the ruling party's 17-year stranglehold on power by winning control of congress in December, the political earthquake created editorial aftershocks at the 24-hour news station Globovisión....

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Last critic standing: How El Nacional defies challenges to keep publishing

February 22, 2016 11:12 AM ET

Patricia Spadaro, news editor at the Caracas daily El Nacional, faces daunting challenges in putting out the newspaper. Her boss, El Nacional's president and editor Miguel Henrique Otero, has been living in exile since May 2015 after a top government official accused him of defamation. Amid the country's deep...

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Venezuela's national assembly reopens to the press after five-year ban

January 27, 2016 2:48 PM ET

When security guards opened the doors to Venezuela's colonial-era National Assembly building last Wednesday, I was among the dozens of reporters who swarmed inside. Even though the day's legislative session would not be called to order for another three hours, every seat in the press galley, located on the...

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Inter-American Human Rights System, campaigns against defamation laws keep journalists from jail in Americas

December 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

When a prison guard told Ángel Santiesteban Prats that he would be released from jail on a scorching summer day in July, the Cuban independent writer and blogger decided to ignore him, brushing off the news as a cruel joke. By then, Santiesteban had already spent two years and five...

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