Attacks against freedom of speech in Venezuela escalate by 50% in a year
Full right to freedom of speech at no risks continues being a utopia in Venezuela, the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) remarked. It also noted that from October 7, 2011 through October 7, 2012, some 159 attacks against journalists, camerapersons, photographers, and other media crew have been reported, which means the figure has jumped 57% in a year.
According to the IPYS, the figure is the result of the authorities' refusal to take the steps suggested by countries such as France, Switzerland, Indonesia, or Australia to fully guarantee freedom of speech and remove some the existing obstacles.
During the evaluation of the aforementioned period, the authorities were given 12 recommendations to better off the situation of freedom of speech. Advices included reforming the laws that punish freedom of speech and encourage self-censorship. Such laws are, for instance, the Crime Code and the Content Law. The authorities were also advised to facilitate the access to public information, yet all suggestions were dismissed by the Government.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.