Venezuelan Embassy in Madrid complains about smear campaign against Chávez
The diplomatic mission rebutted the "campaign" launched by daily newspaper El País against Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez
The "Venezuelan embassy in Spain denounces the campaign by daily newspaper El País," the diplomatic mission stated in a communiqué. In addition, "rebuts the campaign undertaken by the daily newspaper against President Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan people and democracy," AFP quoted.
The release "of the photo of a patient on tubes, pretending to show President Chávez and selling it as an ‘exclusive image' unveils the malice and lack of ethics in the coverage of El País concerning Venezuela," the note added.
El País had to apologize on Thursday for making a front page both in its printed and electronic versions of the photo presumably of President Chávez.
"A mere line of apology to its readers cannot remedy whatever reveals the way of publishing such material," the communiqué wrapped up.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.