José Alberto López Rafaschieri and Luis Alberto López Rafaschieri
This week we were interviewed again by the Ukrainian newspapers, "Politikantrop" (in english) and "Media Sapiens" (in Ukrainian). We spoke with them about the current state of the freedom of speech in Venezuela. These are some quotes from the mentioned conversations:
"Now, Venezuelans use Facebook, Youtube and Twitter to know about events that do not appear in the formal press, for example, riots, political repression and speeches from the alternative politicians. That happened because of a increasing censorship and auto-censorship of the traditional media."
"Then, In the current Venezuelan political context, where the increasing censorship of traditional media is the rule, the use of new methods to deliver information to the public is obligatory, especially, the Information and Communication Technologies, like Internet and smartphones."
"For this government, the suppression of the freedom of speech is one of its main policies to maintain the power."
"The international press has suffered the same difficulties than the Venezuelan media to inform about the events producing here. Journalist Fernando Del Rincon was fired for a moment from CNN due to the pressure the Venezuelan government applied to this TV station. And many international reporters, like Francesca Commissari, have been arrested for covering our civil protests. "