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.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.