Not only is Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro turning a blind eye to his citizens’ anti-government protests, but so is the international media.
As the world shifted its focus towards riots in Ukraine this week, in which about 27 people died, Venezuela was becoming a warzone.
On Thursday, fighter jets were reportedly seen flying over San Cristóbal, in the Táchira district. Maduro also ordered law enforcement officers to be prepared in case of an emergency.
Security forces and anti-government protesters clashed in streets blocked by burning barricades and a supporter of socialist Maduro was shot dead, the sixth fatality from more than a week of violence.
However, not many international news agencies reported the event.
Several protesters and activists, already deprived of local media coverage and some internet services, took to social media to express their disdain over global media’s disregard of the situation in Venezuela.
A popular independent newsblog “Caracas Chronicles” claimedthat the Venezuelan government and law enforcement agencies are currently violating multiple fundamental rights of its people which include:
- National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings.
- Soldiers shooting civilians on the street.
- San Cristobal, a city of around 645,000 inhabitants, has been taken off the internet
Images of the front page of major news publications including the New York Times, BBC, Guardian, CNN and Fox News were used in the blog post to state how the world turned a blind eye to the unrest in Venezuela and shifted its focus to the protests in Ukraine.
At the time of writing this post, the coverage on international news websites remains the less the same. The highlights include Ukraine alone.
CNN and the Times, both have Kiev protests as their main stories.
Do you agree the international media is not paying much attention to the protests in Venezuela? If so, is it because the news cycle has a short memory?