Venezuelan Human Rights Experts Call for End to “Media Distortion” of Protests


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On March 21st 2014, thirty six Venezuelan human rights activists analysed the overall situation in the country, arguing that there has been a purposeful distortion of the situation by the mass media and even some NGOs for political reasons. As both left-wingers and human rights activists, they emphasise that there is a persistent misrepresentation of the issue of human rights in Venezuela, representing a national and international disinformation campaign. These media outlets have generally spoken of brutal government repression of students with legitimate demands, suggesting therefore the existence of systematic and generalised violations of the human rights of peaceful protesters.

 

However, this group of activists refute such a claim. For example, while some NGOs defending the pro-opposition students have publicly released statistics showing high levels of government mistreatment of protesters, including torture and arrests, the Attorney General’s office has received much fewer denunciations. The UN’s…

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