Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Monday the government had previously welcomed hundreds of journalists to the presidential palace, but it did not support “cheap shows” put on with the help of the U.S. Department of State. [Minister Rodriguez is absolutely correct.]
Ramos, a veteran anchor born in Mexico, told Mexican broadcaster Televisa that Maduro became annoyed when they showed him a video of young Venezuelans eating from a garbage truck, a sign of widespread food shortages across the country. [Ramos was quite probably trying to set up and provoke Maduro with some footage of unverified provenance, and quite likely manufactured for the purposes of this phony interview. This is classical—and easily produced— false flag material by the empire, which has become quite adept at creating entire false storylines with the help of film producers, “crisis actors”, and so forth.]
Maduro faced regional condemnation this week after his security forces violently drove back opposition attempts to bring in foreign aid. [This is a lie spread by the US/NATO media.]
He is facing his biggest political crisis since he replaced Hugo Chavez six years ago, after rival and congress chief Juan Guaido last month invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro’s re-election was fraudulent. [Reuters makes it sound as if Guaidó was more prominent in the country’s politics than he is, and the whole passage is written to lend credence to the notion—totally false—that Maduro’s recent re-election was fraudulent. Again, classical case of the Big Lie—repeat something often, from every nook and cranny, and people will swallow it.]
Venezuela’s socialist government has long had a tense relationship with Western media, which it largely considers hostile and in league with “imperialist” interests. [Note how Reuters deliberately casts doubt where there should be none. The role of Western media as all-out champions of Washington’s imperialist wars and adventures, their subservience to State Department narratives against targeted nations is by now amply demonstrated. Independent nations such as Iran, Russia, China, Venezuela, etc., have been and will continue to be demonised and slandered by the US/NATO media because that is their precise assignment in the panoply of tools and weapons used by the empire to subjugate and defeat those who reject and oppose its hegemony. Note further, that, as is customary, the word “imperialist” is placed in quotes to signify again “doubt” or some type of hyperbolic expression.]
Short detentions and deportations have become common, especially as reporters facing delays for official permissions seek shortcuts to report in Venezuela. [This is also a wild and tendentious exaggeration.]
At least seven foreign journalists who flew in to cover Venezuela’s political turmoil were briefly detained in January.
The Venezuelan media trade union said at least 30 journalists and workers for media outlets were detained in the first two months of 2019. [In a nation as severely infiltrated by US soft power agents, and fighting for its life, detention, when indicated, should be regarded as elementary prudence. It is also perfectly within the rights of a sovereign state. Furthermore, the legality of ANY detention, in Venezuela, Britain or the US, etc., is a matter for specific examination. Generalisations and claims of this sort in a world in which the chief lawbreakers of international and domestic laws are found in the US, Britain, France and their ilk, is the height of hypocrisy. Lastly, since the Venezuelan media is still almost 75% owned and controlled by private, capitalist interests aligned against Maduro, who are these “trade unionists”? There is no explanation about what kind of union they represent, and that, in itself, is a question worthy of further scrutiny.]