Venezuelan Dictator Maduro Shuts Down CNN Website in Venezuela

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Feb 16, 2017, 10:57 am
Maduro Shuts Down CNN
After removing CNN from cable operators, Maduro will also block it on the Internet (CNN)

EspañolVenezuela will be blocking access to CNN following President Nicolás Maduro’s order to have the United States-based media outlet removed from the country.

The country’s National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) announced it will apply blocks to CNN‘s webpage in the near future, an added level of censorship that follows its removal from television.

CNN followed up on a student’s question to Maduro during an event regarding the lack of food in schools, which some officials described as “hurting Venezuela.”

“All of our management operations are already … coordinating with all Internet service providers to, with the available technology, create the necessary blockades,” Director of Conatel Andrés Eloy Mendez said.

Mendez stated CNN became “a cannon of instigation to racial, social and political hatred.”

He accused CNN of using the Venezuelan flag “framed in blood,” the face of President Nicolás Maduro “covered in red” and the word “crisis,” which he said occupied “50 percent of the screen” every time the channel dealt with the current situation in Venezuela.

CNN has the right to defend itself,” he added. “We’re moving past administrative lapses, the procedure was just opened yesterday and so it is going off the air as a precautionary measure. We are going to wait until the periods of 60, 70 days are fulfilled.”

Conatel’s official statement regarding the block accuses CNN of showing content that “constitutes direct aggression that undermines the peace and democratic stability of our Venezuelan people, because it creates an atmosphere of intolerance.”

Last week, the news channel reported on a network of passports in the country for citizens looking to escape Middle Eastern countries.

CNN said what they believed to be their research on a passport issue and in doing so, violated laws,” Conatel’s report said.


In recent hours, the international news channel has focused its programming on developing reports that reveal not only the reality of the crisis in Venezuela, but also gave special coverage to the US Department of the Treasury’s sanction against Vice President Tareck El Aissami, which was international as well as national news.

Source: El Click

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Spanish President Rajoy Joins Trump’s Call for Leopoldo López’s Release in Venezuela

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Feb 16, 2017, 10:45 am

EspañolSpanish President Mariano Rajoy spoke out in support of freeing political prisoners this week, calling for Leopoldo López's release in Venezuela. Rajoy tweeted Thursday, February 16, about the political prisoner Leopoldo López, who has been in prison for two years in Caracas. The message featured a picture with Lilian Tintori, Leopoldo López's wife. In September 17, 2015, the Spanish government and the country's Socialist Party first made its support clear for Tintori during her visit to Madrid. During that visit, officials received Tintori in Moncloa and, in line with a European Parliament resolution passed March 12, 2015, expressed official concern about Lopez and the rest of the political prisoners in Venezuela. On Wednesday, February 15th, US President Donald Trump also demanded the release of Leopoldo López and other political prisoners. Trump said he had meeting with Tintori at the White House. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   This week, the US government has not only expressed its support for democracy in Venezuela but has also taken actions against officials involved in corruption, drug trafficking and terrorism. Last Wednesday, February 15, the US Treasury Secretary issued sanctions against Vice President El Aissami. Read More: Ecuador President Denies Corruption in Oil Sales to China Read More: US Sanctions Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami for Drug Trafficking  "President Trump wants to send a clear message to the people of Venezuela that America is on its side," Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin said. Apparently, the Trump administration is going to take on the Maduro dictatorship and will not comply with the Chavez government's request to "change the policy that Obama maintained with Venezuela." "Trump's management will not be worse than Obama's,"  Maduro said in January. "But the current US President's actions have shown that he will step up against the corrupt officials who back the dictatorship." Source: La Patilla

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