Opposition Government in Venezuela Moves to Reduce Maduro’s Communication Influence

  • The unconstitutional regime represented by Nicolás Maduro has been losing communication capacity and credibility, despite the fact that they control, directly or indirectly, almost 90% of traditional Venezuelan media.
  • The National Assembly creates Special News Agency.
  • Systematically, the propaganda campaigns of illegal officials, backed by fractions of the military and armed civilians, have been thrwarted through social media efforts of thousands of opponent citizens.

The interim government of Venezuela, constitutionally appointed by the National Assembly and presided over by Juan Guaido, announced this week the creation of the National Communication Center in an effort to continue limiting the public capacity of the illegal regimen of Nicolas Maduro.

Despite having ceased his functions at the beginning of January of this year, Maduro and his political supporters continue occupying the headquarters of political power, known as Miraflores, with the support of a part of the military forces and by unlawful para-police services that are loyal to him.

The National Assembly, in its Tuesday session, approved the creation of the National Communication Center, which will seek to further reduce the communication capacity of Maduro, who hasn’t been able to impose his messages on the Venezuelan people in spite of his control of at least 90% of the traditional media.

After approving the NCC, deputy Olivia Lozano affirmed that she and her colleagues aspire that “the citizens can be integrated into this new information organization in a single team, that allows to break the communication encirclement of the regime.”

“We want to support the Draft Agreement, including the decree of the president in charge Juan Guaido, and we also support the appointment of Alberto Ravell as director of the National Communication Center,” said the parliamentarian.

Venezuela is a country where, due to particular political circumstances, the regular mass communication process has become atypical in terms of how information is distributed. Despite the illegal regimen “controlling almost all of the traditional media,” it also uses “radio and television chains” —a local version of the American Emergency Broadcast System— to spread their messages. Even with this, they do not achieve their objective of controlling information.

The greatest obstacle the Maduro’s regimen faces, from a communication point of view, is the very low credibility level they have with the public nationally. For that reason, some Venezuelan experts believe that the new journalistic organization created by the National Assembly will make Maduro’s job of lying even more difficult.

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Enrique Castejon-Lara

Venezuelan journalist. News Reporting professor for Central University of Venezuela, CUV. Bachelor degree in Mass Communication at CUV. Graduate studies in Public Opinion at Pepperdine University (California, USA, 1983-1985). 

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