Media Monitoring Report for Venezuela
Posted on July 1, 2018
Compiled by Guillermo Glujovsky
- Current situation
- Freedom of expression
- Venezuela remained in a state of emergency, repeatedly extended since January 2016.
- A National Constituent Assembly was elected without the participation of the opposition.
- Security forces continued to use excessive and undue force to disperse protests.
- Hundreds of people were arbitrarily detained. There were many reports of torture and other ill-treatment, including sexual violence against demonstrators.
- The judicial system continued to be used to silence dissidents, including using military jurisdiction to prosecute civilians.
- Human rights defenders were harassed, intimidated and subject to raids. The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in other countries increased.
Source: THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2017/18
2. Current situation
- Arbitrary detentions.
- Extrajudicial killings.
- Extreme poverty (severe shortage of food and basic medicines).
- More than 1.5 million Venezuelans have fled the country, for reasons including political persecution, violence, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis. As a result, 2,000 percent increase in asylum applications has been recorded across Latin America since 2014, and hundreds of thousands remain in an irregular situation, which increases their vulnerability.
- One Venezuelan mother interviewed by OHCHR (The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) said: “I have a little baby that cries and cries because I can´t feed her. The baby’s milk formula costs 3 million Bolivars and my husband only makes 1.2 million a month. (…) My neighbours told me that if I don’t vote for the Government they will take the food, the cash bonus and my house from me. They control the electoral authority, so they know for which party you vote.”
- Human Rights Watch
- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
3. Freedom of expression
The Office of the Special Rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concern about :
- The closure of 50 radio stations by the National Telecommunications Commission.
- Other media outlets also faced the threat of closure, despite a 2015 ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights declaring that such closures violated freedom of expression.
- Anti-government protesters and some opposition leaders were accused by the government of being a threat to national security.
- The government ordered the removal of some foreign news channels including CNN, RCN and CARACOL from national television cable operators.
- In September, journalists from the online news and research portal Armando.Info were threatened by unidentified actors for their investigations into cases of administrative corruption.