Venezuela, a country in northern South America, is a dynamic nation with a young population that as of early 2019 is experiencing serious economic and civil unrest. It has a robust mass media industry, which is growing as communication infrastructure expands into previously inaccessible locations. Internet access and inexpensive digital technology are transforming how people and communities communicate and function. However, these developments have been impeded through the degradation of free speech and journalist independence that began under the regime of the late Hugo Chavez. This trend is shaping the structure and functioning of mass media and how Venezuelans communicate.

Political Impact Upon Mass Media

Venezuela underwent dramatic social and economic transformation that profoundly affected its mass media and public discourse. It began in 1999, with the ...

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