Crash Course on Freedom of Expression in Venezuela During the Maduro Presidency

David Smilde and Hugo Pérez Hernáiz

Venezuela’s media context has changed significantly during the three years Nicolás Maduro has been at the helm. Globovisión, Cadena Capriles (including Ultimas Noticias and El Mundo), and El Universal all changed hands resulting in clear changes in editorial line. Social media, especially Twitter, has become the preeminent medium through which citizens get independent information. And online news portals such as EfectoCocuyo.com, RunRun.es and Contrapunto.com have emerged, providing a vigorous alternative. In the two and a half months since the legislative elections, there are some signs that traditional media are beginning to diversify.

Below we provide a list of the posts we have published on the freedom of expression and media from the beginning of 2013 to the present.

Is Venezuela’s Media Landscape Changing Again? Hugo Pérez Hernáiz and David Smilde, February 19, 2016

Row over National Assembly Television Gives Glimpse of Battles to Come, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz, December 15, 2015.

Venezuelan NGOs Rollout Citizen Monitoring Platform for Legislative Elections, David Smilde, November 22, 2015

Majority Dissatisfied with Venezuela’s New Media Landscape, David Smilde and Hugo Pérez Hernáiz, June 18, 2015.

In Venezuela, online news helps journalists get their voices back, John Otis, June 3, 2015.

Globovisión is Balanced, But on What Scale? Mike Danielson, Michael McCarthy, and Paula Orlando, May 21, 2015.

Press Freedom Continues to Deteriorate, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz and David Smilde, May 19, 2015.

Journalism Awards Reflects Venezuela’s Disfigured Media Context, David Smilde and Hugo Pérez Hernáiz, October 9, 2014.

Self-Censorship Sparks More Turmoil in Cadena Capriles, David Smilde and Hugo Pérez Hernáiz, May 20. 2014.

Debut of Venezuela’s New Media Landscape Generates Criticism, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz and David Smilde, February 18, 2014.

Control over Pro-government Media Tightens, but Still Incomplete, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz and David Smilde, December 1, 2013.

Venezuela’s Opposition Confronts Reduced Media Access and Limits to Critical Coverage, David Smilde, November 4, 2013.

Creation of Intelligence Unit Renews Concerns about Venezuela’s Freedom of Information, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz, October 18, 2013.

Policy Research and Access to Information in Venezuela—Interview with Anitza Freitez David Smilde, July 31, 2013

Turmoil at Globovisión, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz and David Smilde, May 30, 2013.

New Globovisión Leadership Suggests Change and Continuity in Venezuelan Media, David Smilde and Hugo Pérez Hernáiz, May 4, 2013.

Propaganda and Survival in Venezuela, Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, March 17, 2013.

Globovisión Left Out of Open Digital Television, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz and David Smilde, February 25, 2013.

CONATEL Opens New Case against Globovisión, Hugo Pérez Hernáiz and David Smilde, January 14, 2013.

More on Access to Information on Presidential Health, David Smilde, January 13, 2013