On the Front Lines of Venezuela’s Fight for Free Press: Blackout

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In BLACKOUT, a series made possible by Jigsaw, VICE News takes viewers across the globe, from Pakistan to Belarus, to examine technology’s role in the ongoing fight for free expression. Watch the rest of the series here: http://bit.ly/1UNxdKP

In most democratic countries, a free press plays a critical role in restraining government power and blowing the whistle on abuses of authority.

In Venezuela, however, members of the media have long been subject to censorship and threats. The Venezuelan government has recently cracked down on independent newspapers and radio networks in an effort to silence any voices critical of the ruling left-wing party.

In the lead-up to last year’s elections, VICE News was on the ground in Venezuela with the activist journalists who are fighting against the censorship of the country’s dwindling free press

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