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Venezuela state TV president slams YouTube ‘censorship’

August 22, 2020

Venezuelan state TV president has slammed YouTube for an “act of censorship” after the suspension of the broadcaster’s channel.

VTV’s account was suspended on Thursday on the Google-owned video platform.

“These are the politics of silencing that the self-proclaimed free world enacts against countries it finds troubling,” VTV president Freddy Nanez told AFP on Friday.

“Unfortunately we have been the victim of an act of censorship by YouTube.”

VTV is used as a channel of communication by the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro.

More than a hundred media outlets have been shut under Maduro’s management, according to the NGO Public Space.

Juan Guaido, who heads the opposition and is recognized as interim president by dozens of countries, receives minimal exposure on traditional media and uses digital platforms to communicate.

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Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.