While tensions between news giant CNN and President Donald Trump appear to be finally dissipating, news concerning another world leader begin to sound familiar. Considering this leader isn't a freedom-loving president but a brutal communist dictator, the similarities seem a bit eerie.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, who has been harshly criticized over the famine and sky-rocketing inflation his country is going through, said on Sunday that CNN wasn't invited in his country. He backed his decision by claiming the news organization was spreading fake news.
“CNN, do not get into the affairs of Venezuelans,” the communist leader said. Adding he wanted “CNN well away from here. Outside of Venezuela. Do not put your nose in Venezuela.”
In his political statement, Maduro accused the network of distorting the facts concerning a Caracas public high school.
But regardless of where the South American president stands on CNN reporting accurately, a Latino news organization known as PanAmPost reported that a Venezuelan student demanded that Maduro improve conditions of his school. The youngster urged the Venezuelan president to improve security and infrastructure, adding that food was a major problem for him and his classmates.
The student also said he didn't want to see colleagues fainting from hunger any longer.
The news follows CNN reports claiming that the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq had made deals with suspected terrorists, selling them Venezuelan passports. The investigation followed an account by a former legal adviser to the Venezuelan embassy, who became a whistleblower. His comments eventually led to the year-long investigation by the U.S. news network.
Yeah CNN actually showed the documents and source on this one, not fake, Maduro butthurt as hell. https://t.co/ktoOJAcM89— Humble Forever (@kidboston) February 13, 2017
This is not the first time the Venezuelan government cracked down on journalists.
This past weekend, Brazilian reporters were arrested while touring a structure built in 2012 by Odebrecht, a company under investigation in Brazil over the country's current corruption scandals. Maduro has been implicated in an embezzling scheme involving the giant contractor, thus his contempt for anyone investigating the case any further.
Despite CNN's bad reputation among many right-leaning American news consumers, it's interesting to see other world leaders cracking down on speech because of reports that paint their governments in bad light.
In America, we have seen similar incidents in the past, with popular figures on both sides of the political sphere demanding Congress to do something about “fake news” in the United States, where freedom of speech protections remain an important part of our country's history.
Is contempt for freedom of speech growing around the globe?
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