Breaking democracy: Venezuela's media coup

Castillo Rojas, C 2003, 'Breaking democracy: Venezuela's media coup', Media International Australia, vol. 108, no. 108, pp. 145-156.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Breaking democracy: Venezuela's media coup
Author(s) Castillo Rojas, C
Year 2003
Journal name Media International Australia
Volume number 108
Issue number 108
Start page 145
End page 156
Total pages 12
Publisher University of Queensland * School of English, Media Studies & Art History
Abstract his article endeavours to describe and analyse the media's role in the 11-13 April 2002 attempt to oust Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez. The short-lived and unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government exposed the politicised and undemocratic nature of Venezuela's private commercial media. At an international news level, the events of April 2002 demonstrated that foreign news coverage tends to reproduce the version of the dominant elite and over-simplify the causes and outcomes of complex historical events. In this case, most of the foreign news not only reproduced the local private media coverage, but also amplified the strength of the coup. Essentially, this media coup revealed the centrality of the commercial, privately owned media in bringing together some of the key players behind this political operation: businesses, right-wing politicians and some sectors of the military. The key component of the current social and political crisis in Venezuela is the bitter struggle between the government and the commercial media.
Subject Media Studies
Copyright notice © 2003 University of Queensland
ISSN 1329-878X
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