Entries in Venezuela
5 March 2013 - BBC Misinforms about Venezuela's 2002 Opposition Coup
14 January 2012 - Blatant Spin in BBC Hugo Chavez Headline
14 September 2011 - Reasons for Venezuela election victories
28 July 2011 - Roger Noriega calls for overthrow of Chavez, and then informs BBC analysis article
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Since 12 February, student protests in Venezuela have taken place under the banner 'La Salida' ('The Exit'). The protests have received broad media attention in large part due to the social-media focus of organisers, tweeting in English under the Twitter hashtags '#SOSVenezuela' and '#PrayForVenezuela'. Reporting on the protests has, like...
The BBC maintained a strong a record of misleading reporting throughout the presidency of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died on Tuesday, following a two year battle with cancer. Yet today's article by Jon Kelly, 'Hugo Chavez and the era of anti-American bogeymen', takes a particularly spiteful slant on the issue...
In the New Statesman on 25 January 2013, a special feature entitled 'After Chavez' included contributions from two of The Guardian's former Latin America correspondents, Richard Gott and Rory Carroll, presenting opposing viewpoints on the current situation in Venezuela, and the political legacy of the Chavez government. The New Statesman leader comments...
UK Reporting on Venezuela Continues to be Clouded by Partiality
The Editors, 17 December 2012
As Hugo Chavez receives further cancer treatment in Cuba, this time seemingly with much higher stakes than before, the UK media has again shown where its interests lie when it comes to reporting on left-wing Latin American governments. The attack has come in many forms, from portraying once again the country...
In the run up to the 7 October Venezuelan election, it was reported that President Hugo Chávez would face 'the toughest electoral challenge of his reign' (The Times)1, 'that [would] decide the fate of his socialist revolution and could rearrange the region's balance of power' (Financial Times).2 The election, then,...
British news is today (07/10/2012) much concerned with the elections underway in Venezuela. The election will be the 'closest since Hugo Chavez took power' (The Guardian), or the 'the country's most tightly contested presidential election in a decade' (BBC). To begin with, it should be noted that the above assertions are themselves...
In an interview with the New Left Project, Dr. Lee Salter, following research into BBC reporting on Venezuela stated that 'the coverage of Venezuela has particular importance mainly because it is a case in which a democratically mandated government faces a plethora of reactionary forces seeking to destabilise and overthrow it'.1...
Jim Armitage and the Skewed Reporting on the Venezuelan Elections
Josh Watts, 26 September 2012
On Saturday 22 September, a little over two weeks before the upcoming Venezuelan presidential election of 7 October, Jim Armitage asked in The Independent: 'A devil to the US, a folk hero in much of Venezuela, could Ken Livingstone's old chum Hugo Chavez finally be on his way out?' Apart from...
In the upcoming Venezuelan presidential elections, to be held in October of this year, the electorate will choose between current President Hugo Chavez and opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski, former governor of Miranda state. BBC coverage of the run-up to the presidential elections to date has depicted a situation in which one...
Business Interests The presidency of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and those of other Latin American leaders whose policies are at odds with those dominant in Europe and the US, are often labelled as 'controversial' in BBC coverage, regardless of how overwhelming their election victories might be. Defining the news, business leaders or opposition...
'One of the most visible, vocal and controversial leaders in Latin America' (according to the BBC), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez receives much attention from the British media. Frequent news reports, alluding to government 'attacks' on democracy and press freedom, and discussing the nationalisation of assets, create an impression of a 'regime' which...
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