Wednesday, May 01, 2013

What Censorship Isn't

If you haven't checked it out, Nicolás Maduro's Twitter feed is worth following because it's the Venezuelan Alice in Wonderland. Today's example: censorship. His latest multi-tweet rant argues that the people and the government must fight against the censorship of the opposition. His answer? More cadenas, the state-imposed news messages that trump everything else.

This is, to put it mildly, ridiculous. Those not in power cannot censor the government, which controls media all over the place. Censorship comes from the state. Equating the opposition with state power is nonsensical. Instead, it can be seen as an effort to justify the cadenas, which in some cases have even cut off a speech Henrique Capriles was making.


Justin Delacour 11:29 AM  

I would agree that Maduro is not always living up to his namesake on these sorts of questions. However, your criticism of the cadenas would strike me as more serious if it wasn't accompanied by the very poorly reasoned argument that censorship is the exclusive preserve of the state. Anyone who has significant knowledge of the modern history of Venezuelan journalism recognizes that the journalists of many of the country's private news organizations have not been able to exercise any significant independence from media owners during significant periods. Under conditions in which ownership encroaches heavily upon the independence of journalists, this too constitutes a form of censorship that can be to the detriment of the quality and pluralism of public discourse. There is no shortage of analysis indicating, for example, that the way Rupert Murdoch runs his news organizations in England has been to detriment of meaningful and pluralistic deliberation about the politics of the country.

Defensores de Democracia 8:06 PM  

VIDEO in detail : Venezuela, National Assembly, Deputy Nancy Ascencio brutally attacks Maria Corina Machado, the most beautiful lady of the opposition is savagely beaten and kicked on the floor by the Chavista Madwoman

This Deputy Nancy Ascencio of the Populace and the Rabble shows her vileness, grossness, vulgarity, coarseness, commonness acting with the greatest violence and brutality. It is not necessary to say that she is Chavista.

Maria Corina Machado is the Great Beautiful Lady of Venezuela fighting against Dictatorship, Tyranny and Despotism.

(Detallado) Diputada oficialista atenta contra Maria Corina Machado.
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Published on May 1, 2013

En la asamblea nacional de Venezuela, los diputados oficialistas intentan asesinar a los diputados de la oposición, en éste video detallado podemos observar como una diputada del gobierno atenta contra Maria Corina Machado.

Defensores de Democracia 12:06 PM  

This second VIDEO is the best that I have found to show the brutal assault and agression of deputy Nancy Ascencio over Maria Corina Machado. VIDEO has explanations.

Take a look at how this vulgar Woman Ascencio kicks Maria Corina on the floor of the National Assembly of Venezuela.

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