IPYS: Venezuelan State infringes right to freedom of expression
Within the framework of the International Day against Impunity, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange network (IFEX) and the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) in Venezuela presented a joint report highlighting 233 violations against freedom of the press between 2008-2010 in Venezuela. The document also describes the situation in other 11 states
The warning is included in the Yearly Impunity Report 2012: Testimonies and traces of freedom of expression in Latin America and the Caribbean, released on Friday by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) network on the occasion of the International Day against Impunity.
The report indicated that some 233 violations against freedom of the press took place from 2008-2010. It included aggressions against workers of the Capriles news outlet in August 2009. The attack occurred during a peaceful demonstration against some provisions of the Organic Law on Education that may restrict freedom of expression through prior censorship. As many as 12 casualties were reported on that day.
The report, which referred to 12 Latin American countries, noted that the judicial powers in the region are "extremely dysfunctional." The lack of specialization of their officials and the lack of specialized mechanisms to monitor human rights violations, especially those violations perpetrated against highly vulnerable people, including journalists, lead to a high impunity rates.
The report is available in Spanish on http://ifex.org/americas/alc/es/impunidad2012/pdf/informe_2012.pdf.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.