Venezuelan gov't in need of communicational hegemony
Marcelino Bisbal likens the government communication to fascist propaganda
During the forum "Journalism and communications in today's Venezuela," hosted by the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VenAmCham), Bisbal proclaimed that "docking with political control" is a common feature in public communications. Journalists with daily newspaper El Universal Ender Marcano and Juan Francisco Alonso were awarded by VenAmCham during the event
According to the expert, the communicational system implemented by the government of President Hugo Chávez "imposes forms of communication closer to the bases of fascist propaganda."
Bisbal explained that the government strategy includes strong State meddling; exclusion of political and social stockholders from government media outlets; regulations that seriously restrict freedom of expression; removal of dissent; closing of informational sources; limits to the access of public information; creation of real mechanisms of censorship and self-censorship; intimidation and attacks on media outlets and journalists, and denial of government sponsored spots for media outlets that are critical of the government.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.