CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists says in a new report that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's government has used threats and restrictive measures to gradually weaken the country's private news media.
The New York-based press freedom group says restrictions have come through harassment of critical journalists as well as fines and other measures to penalize coverage of sensitive subjects.
The group cited a $2.2 million fine against TV channel Globovision for its coverage of a prison rebellion. It also condemned an injunction requiring journalists to base reports about water contamination on hard data.
It says in Wednesday's report that such measures have led to a dearth of in-depth coverage about some issues ahead of Venezuela's October presidential election.