June 27th was Day of the Journalist in Venezuela and instead of being simply an occasion to celebrate, it was a day to protest the continuous erosion of free press in the nation. Journalists and press workers took the streets on Friday to demand respect for free speech and to demand an end to the many threats and pressures they have been facing in recent times.
Both the hegemony and what’s left of independent media awarded what they consider as excellence in journalism: The central government gave their awards to mostly State Media and HegemonCorp. outlets, while the NGO Insituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) recognized the best investigative works, including some from websites like RunRun.Es and Contrapunto.
I consider this latest Journalist’s Day as the most difficult yet, even more so than last year’s (which came right after the wave of protests). Why? Because the attacks in…
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