Friday, February 21, 2014


Dear Journalists,
Please know that this morning CNNEE Journalist @PatriciaJaniot was kicked out of Venezuela for reporting government oppression and all abuses.
My fellow blogger Alek Boyd (@alekboyd) sent this e-mail today:
The last few days the chavista regime in Venezuela censored the Colombian news channel NTN24. CNN reporter Karl Penhaul and his crew were assaulted by police in Caracas for, basically, doing their job. Caracas Press Club and Instituto Sociedad y Prensa have reported various attacks on journalists in the last few days. Images and videos of the brutality unleashed on protesters uploaded to Twitter have reportedly been censored. Yesterday, President Maduro threatened to kick CNN out of the country.
While the above will almost certainly be justified by the regime for flaming the fire, I would like to remind Venezuela observers that my own blog ( which deals almost exclusively with corruption and it's written mainly in English, has been censored since 16 Jan 2014. And there's no point in even bringing up the case of RCTV, take over of dozens radio stations, how Globovision was choked with tax investigations and other measures until a group of Boligarchs bought it, how the regime has starved critical newspapers of foreign currency so that paper can't be imported, or the little known acquisition of Venezuela's largest newspaper conglomerate (Cadena Capriles) by proxies of chavista governor Tareck el Aissami.
I heard at a CSIS event the other day from a bearded Chilean gentleman that since a few critical opeds are still printed in El Universal that proves that there's still freedom of the press in Venezuela. While the opinion, totally discredited, of communist nostalgics is heard in free societies, Venezuelans are seeing a creeping curtain of censorship from a regime desperate to hide the brutal repression meted out to protesters and innocent civilians. Tachira state, in the border with Colombia and where protests started due to a rape attempt on a student, has no internet access. Russian Sukhoi fighter jets and two battalions have been deployed to further repression.
Events in Venezuela are happening at a speed that makes impossible for traditional media to keep tabs. Protests are not taking place only in Caracas, the entire country is up against chavismo. Opposition leaders have called for a demonstration tomorrow, which is likely to turn into hundreds of thousands of people across the country taking to the streets to support students protests and to decry the deaths, injured, torture and the horrible economic situation.
The best way of keeping abreast with what's happening is through Twitter. You can follow me @alekboyd and other bloggers and colleagues to get the latest. In this dire hour what we need and expect from democrats around the world is solidarity, and help to overcome censorship by retweeting news coming out of our country.
Alek Boyd
There are reports that Cuban military is operating out of the Venezuelan Orchila island.
Please follow the reports about Leopoldo López on,,,,, etc.
United Nations Peacekeeping helps countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. We are comprised of civilian, police and military personnel.
The International Court of Justice, busy at it is, should make time to prosecute Hugo Chavez’s thugs who survived him for abuse of power, fraud, and more fraud if the alleged algorithms and open violation of the vote are true.
Venezuelans need help from world leaders to assure the safety of the opposition leaders, and the International Court of Justice, to resolve abuse of power in Venezuela and restore democracy.

Maru Angarita
My blog is: Twitter @maruangarita