Ever more authoritarian

Venezuela’s president since 2013, Nicolás Maduro does his utmost to silence independent media outlets and keep news coverage under constant control. The climate for journalists has been extremely tense since the onset of a political and economic crisis in 2016, and is exacerbated by Maduro’s frequent references to the “media war” being waged by national and international media outlets to discredit his administration. Arbitrary arrests and violence against reporters by the police and intelligence services reached a record level in 2017. Foreign journalists are often expelled. A 2010 law provides for sanctions in the event of any content “calling the legitimately constituted authority into question.” This has led to arbitrary arrests and defamation prosecutions. The print media are meanwhile often threatened by strange newsprint shortages.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



137 in 2017

Global score


42.94 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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