Venezuela: A Case Study on Polarization and Freedom of the Press

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Monica Espitia (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Dr. Judith Curtis

Abstract: This research paper analyzes the political and media polarization that characterizes Venezuela. The problem became extreme during Hugo Chavez’s government, when the media were used as powerful political tools by both the government and the opposition. The polarization and lack of freedom of the press have resulted in biased and superficial coverage of the news, which has caused the Venezuelan society to lose interest in and trust with the national media. The limitations to the freedom of the press that exists in the country and the role that these limitations have played in the national protest of 2014 are examined in the content analysis of the similarities and differences between the way in which U.S. and Venezuelan newspapers covered the protest of 2014. Although there were some differences in the issues covered and the sources used, the stories published in Venezuelan newspapers were not substantially less objective or less detailed than the stories published in American newspapers. In addition, a brief historical record of the origins of polarization in Venezuela is presented.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2014
Venezuela, Venezuelan Society, Politics, Venezuelan Newspapers, Freedom of the Press, Media Polarization, Hugo Chávez, 2014 Venezuelan Protests
Venezuela -- Politics and government -- 1999-
Chávez Frías, Hugo

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