Legal actions against El País seek intimidation among Venezuelan media
Media expert Oscar Lucien warned that legal actions against Spanish newspaper El País perhaps aim at generating self-censorship in the Venezuelan press. Three aspects emerge from the publication of the false image of the Venezuelan president
In an interview with daily newspaper El Universal, Lucien underscored the following aspects resulting from the publication of the image:
1.- The sanction is imposed by the journal's readership. The newspaper made a mistake for failure to check the source of the image.
2.- Secrets in connection with Chávez's health spark uncertainty in mass media, which aim at bringing information to their audience.
3.- It is also important to highlight the relevance of social networks, which in no time said the information was untrue.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.