Venezuela sues Spanish journal El País
The Spanish journal has been accused of having caused serious damages to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez
- Legal actions against El País seek intimidation among Venezuelan media
- Venezuelan Embassy in Madrid complains about smear campaign against Chávez
- Argentinean President: Photo of Chávez is a dirty trick
- Spanish El País apologizes for fake photo of President Chávez
- Fake photo of President Chávez sparks controversy
In a statement, the journal offered its apologies to its readers for any caused damages, yet the journal did not apologize to the Venezuelan president or his family.
After regarding the journal's apologies as "squalid," the Venezuelan Government announced it would push forward legal actions against El País. The Venezuelan Government accused the journal of being part of a smear campaign intended to bring destabilization in the country.
Venezuela's Communication and Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said in a press conference, "It (El País) did not even offer its apologies to President Chávez, his family, and the Venezuelan people (...) It violated all ethical standards in journalism and followed its manual."
The minister asserted that 56% of the information on Venezuela released by El País comes from Miami. He added that the city is home to "smear campaign laboratories."
With reporting by Juan Francisco Alonso and Gabriela Turzi Vegas
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.