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The Chavista regime’s new maneuver against freedom of the press: it intends to revise the law on the practice and code of conduct of journalism

VPITV journalist Gregory James and camera assistant Ruben Brito, injured by police officers in May 2019

In another strategy towards the destruction of press freedom in Venezuela, the Chavista National Assembly proposes Reform the law of the practice of journalism with a view to destroying the profession of social communicator, With the logic of “inclusion” and “adapt it to new changes”, same time It is proposed to amend the code of conduct from time to timeAccording to deputy of the ruling party María Carolina Chávez González, “if it is a weapon in favor of special interests or the people,” it is accompanied by the pretext of determining, as she considers herself to be a journalist, without being a journalist, a violation of the law. which it wishes to modify.

The National College of Journalists (CNP) called on over 25,800 of its members, Distributed in its 26 sections, “to mobilize, to mobilize, to raise its individual protest, to demand concrete action from the leaders of its union so that the spirit of the law that of a communication hegemony for 50 years Progress has not been changed, whether private or state, promoted by ignorance, ideological blindness, or interests foreign to the Venezuelan people.”

AN Communications Commission, fully integrated by Revolution Allies, headed by Juan Carlos Aleman Pérez, with Tania Valentina Diaz González as Vice President, followed by María Chávez; Other members are Fidel Alexander Madronero González, Rudy Carolina Puerta Arteaga, Gabriela Mayerling Pea Martinez, Alberto Jose Gago Betancourt, Antonio de Jesus Hernández Diaz, Jose Antonio Uzcategui Armijo, Edgar Humberto González (PPT), Alexander Jose Natera, Luisa Josefina, Roque Vallero Josefina. Perez, Ricardo Alberto González Alvarado, Alberto Jose Araguibel Brito and Ginkelis Vanessa Gutierrez Monteiro.

Chávez González said that “a journalism has emerged that does not pass through the Academy”, which coincides not only with its illegal practice, but also with what the revolution has tried to do with the press and journalists in Venezuela. As a way to justify. The dissemination of programs in the official propaganda media is not accidental. Led by individuals who are abusive, obscene, anti-feminist, violate multiple laws at the same time, including privacy, interviewing, using pranks, and personal and family disqualification against political opponents whom they Turn them into targets of the enemy and intelligence bodies.

Deputy Maria Carolina Chavez Gonzalez talks about reforming journalism law

During the governments of the late Hugo Chávez and now Nicolas Maduro, there have been hundreds of written, radio and television media, as well as programs and digital media that have been shut down and censored, as well as attacks on a large number of journalists. committed, imprisoned, persecuted and/or accompanied by court cases.

with typewriter or cell phone

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Journalists issued a statement highlighting that “whether with typewriters, faxes and touch-tone telephones or the Internet, social networks or cell phones, Venezuelan society needs to provide Quality and responsible information from university education The number of people who have the right to convert data into socially meaningful information is still intact; That despite the fact that times have changed, morality remains the same and freedom of expression is also threatened by flag makers”.

On the other hand, CNP expresses that “Modern society, infected with fake news, programmed propaganda and the moral walls that have become social networks, needs professionals who take ownership of ethics. In the case of Venezuela, the pre-planned concealment of official data by the state, the government’s occupation of censoring dissenting voices and the use of legal mechanisms to shut down media outlets, arrest journalists and attacks against journalists and civilians. Ignoring those who dare to protest, they need a guild that fights together for human rights and the enormity of democracy.

The National Association Of Journalists Calls On Its Allies To Be Active Against The Maneuvers Of The National Assembly
The National Association of Journalists calls on its allies to be active against the maneuvers of the National Assembly

He regrets that those who request law reform are groups of people, including journalists, who are associated with the spheres of power, that they do not speak “when coworkers are persecuted, censored, imprisoned or assaulted, nor the compulsive closure of certain independent media outlets, nor the expression in the face of the enactment of laws muzzle and bet the liberty of, as if spring – I or the one who supposedly fights against hatred”.

The Union of Journalists states that “beyond our objections to the electoral processes that led to the formation of the current National Assembly”. “So far, the union has not been consulted about the intention to change the law giving rise to the union.”

“Over the past twenty years, the Journalism Guild has seen a drastic reduction in independent media outlets, closed spaces for opinion, established a culture of systematic concealment of public information, all of which voices those institutions. Without those who have been called. Protect democracy”.

Conatel Has Shut Down Or Censored Hundreds Of Media Outlets And Radio And Television Programs
Conatel has shut down or censored hundreds of media outlets and radio and television programs

“We have seen the reporter become a target of war by factors of power and ideological groups that are enemies of free expression and the right of the Venezuelan people to speak, be heard and investigate in the public sphere without any restrictions or prior censorship. We have seen the silence of those who have had the opportunity, directly or indirectly, to protest impunity in cases of aggression against social communicators, the attacks we have condemned in front of national and international organizations. And the same factors are trying to change the law,” a statement from the CNP highlighted.

that’s the difference

journalist Humberto Contreras, The head of media, correspondent and reporter, who has been director of the Union of Journalists in Tachira, said of what was said by deputy María Carolina Chávez: “The intellectual quality of those who are going to study the reform of the LEP. In the words of this woman, how are you going to say that the law is from a time when the media was made into typography and you had to close the newsroom at midnight?

Contreras responded to MP Chávez González: “The Law on the Practice of Journalism is from December 1994. But for the only example that I know, the Diario la Nacional has been offset since its first edition, December 1968″.

Humberto Contreras Reinforces Intention To Reform Lep
Humberto Contreras reinforces intention to reform LEP

He recalled when the 4F coup took place, in which Hugo Chávez was one of the leaders: “Dario Pueblo, the newspaper I worked in, even though it was a provincial newspaper, was the only newspaper in the whole country published in its normal form. It happened. Edition, news; and the shock was just after midnight, that is, had not stopped”.

“That deputy lady ignores the fact that many times she orders the machine to be shut down due to breaking news in the middle of printing the newspaper. It also ignores that today’s media are complementary to each other. The media on the web gives way to the urgency of information, and all others provide information. That’s journalism.”Contreras said.

“They say that the law must be adjusted with the changing times, because journalism has changed. The truth is that journalism remains the same, from the pioneers of the early times: seek information with a few pointers, and find it best. Spread with the observance of the greatest possible truth. It doesn’t matter what medium is used to spread it. What has changed is the way of doing journalism, the way of disseminating information, and the medium through which information is disseminated has changed, that is, journalism is done. What else can change journalism? He added.

Contreras reported that “Journalism is not a sport that anyone can practice with all rights. Journalism has a serious responsibility before the public to be informed in a timely and truthful manner, which requires ethical and academic training to know how to process the information received and create ‘dents’ in society without spreading it.

As an example, he described what is happening as “the fake news epidemic that floods social networks, where there is no control over who writes, or responsibility for what they write; it doesn’t matter who.” It is a lie or it may cause harm. Mandatory membership makes every journalist responsible for what he disseminates in the form of information.”

This Is The Commission That Wants To Reform Journalism Law
This is the commission that wants to reform journalism law

He also highlighted that the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in its statement of reasons, on education and on what serves as fundamental procedures for guaranteeing the state’s objectives. “Therefore trying to abrogate the obligation to study, when it is already the law of the Republic, is going against the very essence of the Constitution.”

The Law on the Practice of Journalism” was analyzed article by article before nullification requests made by media practitioners, and the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), headed by Ivan Urdaneta, ruled that the law is purely constitutional, that is, it does not violate anyone’s rights”.

“The decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights with respect to the Costa Rica Journalism Association Law, in its decision, expresses the following: Association of Journalism, so long as it does not prevent citizens from exercising their right to freedom of expression, it is not contrary to the principles of the American Convention.”

Contreras emphasizes remembering that “Article 4 of the LEP states that all citizens, citizens or foreigners, may express themselves freely through social communication, with no greater limits than those established in the Constitution and laws.”

“You have to understand that journalism in itself is not freedom of expression. This human rights concept expresses that all citizens have the right to express their views, by any means at their disposal. Well, it is clear that any citizen can, without any restriction, approach a journalist, to a media outlet, to present his opinion or information. In other words, journalism (and journalists) is a means of exercising freedom of expression,” Contreras concluded.

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