TITLE

Soul Search: In Venezuela, the press struggles to regain its bearings after serving as a tool of the anti-Chavez movement

AUTHOR(S)
Dinges, John
PUB. DATE
July 2005
SOURCE
Columbia Journalism Review;Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 44 Issue 2, p52
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article deals with the impact of anti-Chavez movements on the status of press in Venezuela in 1998. President Hugo Chavez is floating vast income-redistribution programs, including housing and land reform that have peasants squatting on private property, on bonanza prices for Venezuela's oil. They sided with Venezuela's wealthy business community, which sees in Chavez a threat to its economic power and ultimately to Venezuela's democratic way of life. However, on a Saturday morning in late May, a dozen reporters gather in a room at the Canadian embassy on Caracas' Altamira Plaza to hear a briefing from a human rights lawyer on two laws passed during the past year by the Chavez government that the reporters fear will seriously damage freedom of expression. The Administration of the President had been in office for more than three years, and, after putting a new Bolivarian constitution in effect, had foundered in an increasingly bitter fight with opposition civic groups and political parties. The opposition offensive soldiered on for two more years, with competing, often violent marches, a national strike, an economically devastating shutdown of oil production for two months, and, a recall referendum in August 2004.
ACCESSION #
17514238

 

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