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Official plan seeks to destroy media and journalists in Venezuela, says report of the SIP

Decision condemns systematic violation of freedom of expression and of the press

Miami (April 12, 2019) .- The Nicolás Maduro regime has intensified the attacks and arbitrary detentions of journalists, in addition to the blockade and closure of regional, nationwide and worldwide media, detailed the report on Venezuela submitted to the Inter-American Press (SIP), during its biannual meeting held at the end of March in Cartagena, Colombia.

The doc added that there is a structured official plan to steal and destroy media amenities and the journalists' work group. He denounced that the persecution reaches extra and more journalists and overseas media which are arrested, deported or denied entry into the nation.

Under, the full text of the report, additionally obtainable in English and Portuguese:

“There’s a warfare towards freedom of expression that the authorities delivers 24 hours a day with its immense police, army, judicial and communications. Despite this, there are communication professionals and citizens who assume the risks of informing, keep the activity, struggle to keep away from the info blackout and do not cease in the wrestle to recuperate democracy.

The violence exerted towards journalists and the media has worsened, having quadrupled in quantitative phrases and intensified in all its variants.

During the period, four phenomena have been strengthened.

The primary of these is the systematization of assaults on journalists in streets, open spaces or in spaces of public establishments. When uniformed groups seem to forestall or suppress a protest, the very first thing they do is attack the journalists, expel them from the place, beat them, stop them, take away the gear, steal them and in virtually all instances, erase the digital reminiscence of their cameras or from their cell phones. The first process of the design of repression is to get the media out of the scene, using all the essential violence, in order to clear the subject and assault towards defenseless residents.

The second phenomenon consists of an enormous and structured program of theft and destruction of the gear used by reporters, editors and net web page managers. There are lots of of instances of destruction of cameras, smartphones, microphones, tv cameras, computers and digital information. A radio station has been stolen 4 occasions. The phenomenon reached the point that the reporter group led by journalist Jorge Ramos and Univisión was stolen in the Miraflores Palace itself, by Nicolás Maduro's safety group. The government illegally closed the Tremendous 93.5 FM station in September, which was 28 years previous and broadcast recurrently in Maracaibo, Zulia State. After six months of this motion, there’s nonetheless no response from the accountable businesses.

The third phenomenon is that of assaults on the overseas press. In some instances the entry of their representatives into the nation is prevented, at the airports themselves. In others, they’re arrested, subjected to strenuous and degrading interrogations, robbed and expelled from the country. A plan is in progress to forestall reporters and correspondents from reporting on the information.

The fourth phenomenon is to selectively remove radio and television packages, in specific, info and opinion, akin to these carried out by César Miguel Rondón or Alonso Moleiro and Steninf Olivarez. Each had conquered essential parts of the audience, however they have been taken off the air by order of the Nationwide Telecommunications Fee (CONATEL), the state entity in charge of censoring, gathering information and closing media.

On October 5, the newspaper El Aragueño printed its newest version on paper, after 46 years of uninterrupted work in the central area of the nation, due to the shortage of paper, ink and plates for its manufacturing. The medium migrates to the net to continue reporting.

A day earlier than and for the similar purpose the newspaper El Luchador stopped circulating. The newspaper closes after 60 years of service in the State of Bolívar.

On December 14, the last printed version of El Nacional circulated, after 75 years. The efforts of the media have been targeting the net the place they’ve reached a leading place among the informative portals in Spanish.

The newspaper El Regional del Zulia has not circulated for 3 months due to lack of access to newsprint. Your web site has been checked regularly. As well as to the incontrovertible fact that the Web service is poor and intermittent, the electric service is unstable and the supply of gasoline for the power plant is scarce.

On this true state of emergency, the organization Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela reported that between January 1 and March 12, 155 violations towards freedom of expression occurred. This determine is larger than that of the first six months of 2018, which added 124 instances.

Amongst the most critical occasions is the detention without due course of of Luis Carlos Díaz, human rights activist, radio journalist, social media specialist and citizen journalism challenge trainer Reporte Ya of El Nacional newspaper. The government accused him of being half of a conspiracy that produced the supposed cyber assault that brought on the blackout of virtually 100 hours that affected tens of millions of families, hospitals, sufferers in working rooms and related to machines that permit them to reside, underground transport methods, corporations, outlets, ports and airports, monetary system, communications and telecommunications with critical penalties and losses in houses, companies and establishments.

On October 21, criminals entered to steal at the workplaces of Univisión Noticias in Caracas. In a yr, no less than six worldwide media correspondents in Caracas have been attacked and stolen computers, cameras and exhausting drives. Univision, NTN24, RCN, Telemundo and Caracol Televisión have been affected. In the case of CNN, the correspondent in Caracas has been stolen 3 times throughout the yr.

On November 13, in accordance to info revealed by Late Journal, three of its journalists have been arbitrarily detained in Santa Elena de Uairén, on the border between Venezuela and Brazil. They coated the migratory state of affairs in the area. Tiago Henrique da Silva (Brazil), Álvaro Fernández (Spain) and Fernanda Kraide (Brazil), are the three journalists arbitrarily detained.

On November 15, after greater than 30 years of operation, the station 96.7FM, in Barquisimeto, Lara state, left the air. CONATEL ordered its closure claiming the expiration of the concession. As with most stations, they have requested renewal since 2009 without having an answer. The closure leaves 24 staff unemployed. Minutes after the air outlet, Rebelarte, a station directed by an official group, occupied the barquisimeto dial.

On November 16 it was discovered that graphic reporter Jesús Medina has been in prison since August in the army prison of Ramo Verde. His hearing was deferred and he is accused of legitimizing capital, associating to commit a criminal offense, inciting hatred and acquiring unlawful income.

Greater than three years have been completed in November since, at the request of Diosdado Cabello, 22 executives of the newspaper El Nacional, La Patilla and Diario Tal Cual have been banned from leaving the country. 14 are in exile, 6 took refuge in the repair of damages, one didn’t settle for it, another, Teodoro Petkoff, died. The remaining continues in exile.

On December 14, a number of media in the inside of the country stopped circulating throughout the Christmas period to save paper. Diario Caribazo, in Margarita, suspended circulation till January 15 and La Prensa, El Periódico and El Sol, in Monagas, until January 14.

On January eight, the Ministry of Communication denied accreditation to international media to cover the act in which Nicolás Maduro was sworn in as president until 2025. Purple + Noticias, CNN, BluRadio Colombia, Univisión and Noticias Caracol in Venezuela have been affected.

On January 24, Army Counterintelligence officials in Maracaibo, Zulia state, raided the headquarters of International TV and took the sign from the regional channel off the air for transmitting Juan Guaidó's speech, according to the fee chief who came to the media with 15 patrols. Aventura TV, a regional tv station that shares its headquarters and a transmitting antenna with International TV, additionally remained out of the air. The officers took the security cameras and reduce the mild to the complete building.

After Guaidó was sworn in as President, the Chilean channel 24 Horas turned the seventh worldwide cable television station in the nation.

On January 30, journalists Mayker Yriarte, from information portal TV Venezuela, and Ana Rodríguez, from VPITV, have been arrested in the neighborhood of Miraflores, together with Chilean journalists Rodrigo Pérez and Gonzalo Barahona, from Canal TVN. The neo-language of the dictatorship: they don’t seem to be detained, they are “retained”; they don’t seem to be being interrogated, they are being “interviewed”. The Venezuelan journalists have been released after 10 hours of being detained, whereas the Chileans have been deported 12 hours later.

On February 26, the Univisión news workforce in Venezuela is being held inside the Miraflores Palace, the place he went to interview Maduro, including Jorge Ramos. Seven staff stay inside the website and eliminated their work gear. The comrades outdoors Palacio lost contact with the detainees for several hours. Upon leaving Miraflores, the Univisión de Miraflores staff was recorded and escorted all through the journey. They robbed all the technical gear and they have been deported.

“What happened was that we had an interview with the leader Nicolás Maduro and after 17 minutes of interview he did not like the things we have been asking him about the lack of democracy in Venezuela, about torture, political prisoners, about the humanitarian disaster they have been dwelling. He obtained up from the interview after I showed him the movies of some young individuals consuming from a rubbish truck, “Ramos stated in a telephone communication with Univisión after being released.

“They kept us separated, interrogating us,” the journalist complained. Both he and the producer of the program have been put in a safety room and turned off the lights, according to the version of Ramos.

The Minister of Communications of Chavez, Jorge Rodriguez, advised Univision that “it was not true” that they have been being detained. Rodriguez stated Ramos referred to as Maduro murderer and dictator a number of occasions.

On March eight, numerous media have been blocked on YouTube and Google, while users' entry to Facebook was intermittent.

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The SIP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 publications from the Western Hemisphere; and is predicated in Miami, United States.

Source: SIP