Venezuelan Press Block says government controls over 700 media outlets
November 10th, 2009 - 11:34 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

The Venezuelan Press Block (BPV) has denounced the increasing government control over the media in Venezuela. According to the BPV, the government of President Hugo Chávez has control over 238 radio stations, 28 TV stations, 340 newspapers, weekly publications and magazines and 125 websites. Overall, says the BPV, President Chávez has 731 mass media that, apart from the nationwide mandatory radio and TV broadcasts, strengthen the information hegemony, which is one of the goals of the Venezuelan government, and allow it to spread its “communist ideology.”

This complaint was made by David Natera, the President of the BPV, when he presented a report about the situation of freedom of speech in Venezuela during the 65th General Assembly of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), held last weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Venezuela is living under a serious and continuing confrontation between the reality of the country, the reality of the citizens and what President Chávez manipulates and tries to pose as true,” Mr Natera said. Reference was made to the government’s decision to create so many media and harass the critical press.