We have been discussing the rapid decline of civil liberties in Venezuela after the socialist takeover by Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro. The denial of free speech and free press protections only increased as Chavez/Maduro destroyed one of the most productive economies in Latin America and turned it into an economic basket case. Now, the “red revolution” can take credit for reducing the judicial system to a virtual caricature of itself. The Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled this week that the media cannot publish videos of lynchings because such true images would produce “anxiety and uncertainty” among citizens. The Maduro government has been trying to prevent citizens from seeing such images as it denies the social and economic meltdown in the country.
The Supreme Court is widely viewed as filled with cronies of the government. The Court declared
“The Supreme Court has ordered a ban on digital outlets ‘La Patilla’ and ‘Caraota Digital’ from publishing videos of lynchings, via their internet sites, as well as their social media accounts . . . Media have the right to journalistically express a news event … but these rights should not create anxiety and uncertainty in the population.”
The lynching are on the rise as the public deals with the shortage of essential and a rise in crime. The solution of the government is to prevent people from seeing the images. Problem solved.
Venezuelan lawyers have bemoaned the loss of the integrity of the court system. In combination with the denial of a free press, the socialist government has moved closer to Chavez’s model of a Cuban-like system. In the process, he and Maduro has succeeded in reducing their economy to the same primitive state as Cuba in the name of creating a worker’s paradise.