RSF condemns attacks on media ahead of election in Venezuela
"Extreme polarization" ahead of the presidential elections next October 7 in Venezuela, "affects not only freedom of information but also journalists' basic freedom of movement," said Reporters Without Borders in a statement. Reference was made to recent attacks and threats against journalists and media
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) rebuked on Friday the recent armed attacks on three media in Maracaibo, the capital of the western state of Zulia, four months before the presidential elections to be held next October 7, and made a series of emergency measures for journalists to do their job.
"Extreme polarization" ahead of the presidential elections next October 7 in Venezuela, where President Hugo Chávez is being challenged by former Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles, is hitting freedom of information and "restricts journalists' basic freedom of movement," EFE quoted.
In a statement, RSF acknowledged that the "recent attacks" are being investigated, but voiced concern about the "intensity of the violence."
In particular, RSF said that Catatumbo TV's coverage of the recent violence in Maracaibo' Sabaneta prison may have been the motive in its case.
The communiqué added that coverage of a wave of riots and violence in Venezuelan prisons "is thought to have been behind the anonymous threat that María Isoliett Iglesias of the daily El Universal received in 1 June, "warning" her that she would soon be the target of an "ambush."
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José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."