Carlos Correa, from Espacio Público, refers that there is an “arbitrariness” in the closure of stations and pressure for the content they broadcast
The director of the NGO Espacio Público, Carlos Correa, warned that the closure of radio stations in Venezuela has become “naturalized” and in his opinion, these actions are part of a systematic policy on the part of the State.
This was stated by Correa in Radio Faith and Joy this Friday, September 9, where he indicated that the stations are often closed for political reasons. “There is a situation of arbitrariness in these decisions and there is a lot of pressure towards the contents of radio stations,” he denounced.
His statements were recorded after the closure of 11 stations arbitrarily in the state of Zulia; nine denounced by the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) on Wednesday, September 7, and two more on September 8.
So far in 2022 there are already 23 stations closed to date. In addition to the 11 Zulians that closed on September 6, they have also turned off their transmitters: Éxitos 90.5 and Calle 98.5 (Guárico); Active 89.3 (Anzoátegui); Topaz 101.5 (Barinas); Triumph 99.3 (Portuguese); Mix 98.3 (Yaracuy); Candela 92.9, Moda 105.1, NEX 100.1, HITS 92.5, Luna 95.5 and Impacto 91.7 (Cojedes).
The NGO Public space collected data during August 2022 to prepare a report regarding the violations of freedom of expression in Venezuela in that month. There he documented an increase in these actions related to the intimidation of journalists and other citizens.
In this sense, the aforementioned NGO registered 19 cases and 27 violations of freedom of expression; indicating that it is the largest number that is evidenced since the month of March 2022when 17 cases and 25 violations of this right were reported.