Despite the rhetoric spouted by the US and other imperialist powers, the Journalists for the Truth NGO are reporting that freedom of speech is thriving in Venezuela. The NGO’s vice president Jose Nieves issued a challenge to the corporate media to report this.
He said Venezuela is currently living “an explosion of freedom of speech”.
This is proven true by the fact that Venezuela’s telecommunication industry has grown 20 percent annually since 1999. Also 60 community television stations have popped up and 250 grassroots radio and print operations have been created.
Grassroots, as in not controlled by a mega corporation.
The runs counter to all the propaganda put out by the capitalists in Venezuela as well as the imperialists in the West. Freedom of speech is absolutely thriving in Venezuela, all running counter to capitalism.
Lets compare this to other countries in Latin America, say those who are good friends of the imperialists. Like Honduras, where 20 journalists have been murdered since Manuel Zelaya was forced out of office by military coup a year and a half ago.
There is no comparison, the anti-capitalist stance of Hugo Chavez, who leads with a large majority of support, has created a much more free media environment.
Oh, and this comes on the heels of a new law passed by the Venezuelan National Assembly which forces the identity of media owners to be made public. That way people can see WHO is saying what, not just what they are saying.
Now Venezuelans can “consider the source”.