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Venezuela: the Systematic attacks on the media

Since the escalation of the power struggle has worsened the conditions for journalists in Venezuela. Intimidation and censorship have increased greatly. Critical media are struggling to Survive.

The state television called the Rebellion, to be called the leader of the opposition, Juan Guaidó on Tuesday had, without exception, a coup attempt. The was immediately knocked down. The day was a new low for freedom of the press in Venezuela: non-governmental organizations register dozens of attacks on reporters, reporting on the anti-government protest. Independent radio stations are as well off as in the international TV channels of CNN and BBC. The Internet access is restricted.

Less media - and more Assaults

Since the Parliament Guaidó the end of January, the transitional President, and the power struggle between the government and the Opposition broke out again in the open, fighting critical of the media for Survival. In this period, Carlos Correa of the NGO Espacio Publico has counted three Times more attacks on the freedom of the press than in the prior-year period.

"the stronger the political conflict, the more Attacks on journalists and media," says Correa. "We have found this three-fold increase in the number of media has decreased in Venezuela. This means that the few remaining extremely under observation and systematic attacks."

Local journalists do not dare, representatives of the Opposition, to interview, such as Leopoldo Lopez,.

Repression against foreign reporters

Nobody dare to call Guaidó as interim President or to interview him, Correa. Only do the foreign media. Their reporters are the victims of state Repression: This includes intimidation, violence, expulsion from Venezuela, or imprisonment, as in the case of the German journalist, Billy Six, months in a secret service jail sat.

Local journalists, the report critically, stand with one leg in prison. Reason for this is, among other things, the "law against hate", which was the socialist government of its constitutional Assembly.

Many of the journalists, only the exile

Particularly in the province of journalists would be made by these "rubber"-paragraphs muzzled, told Lenin Danieri from Maracaibo in the state Zulia, working free - lance for several TV and radio stations. "The law provides for prison sentences of more than 15 years," he says. This had created a great fear. Especially officials used it to their advantage. "If a Journalist investigating corrupt officials, can be applied to this law. The colleagues receive first threats."

Danieri is a victim of Repression: Among other things, because he reported critically about the increasingly frequent and prolonged power outages in the state, threatening him, the Governor now with the "law against the hate". Danieri spread fear in the population, as a reproach. The only way out seems to him to be in the Moment of the exile. These have been chosen unzähige journalists in front of him.

Venezuela – censorship of the press extremely aggravated
Anne-Katrin Mellmann, ARD Mexico city
03.05.2019 11:15 a.m.

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