VenezuelaAmericas News Receive email alerts New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets April 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential candidates urged to commit to promoting pluralism Help by sharing this information Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela January 13, 2021 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Mr. Nicolás Maduro, acting president of the Bolivarian Republic of VenezuelaMs. María Josefina BolívarMs. Reina SequeraMr. Henrique CaprilesMr. Eusebio MéndezMr. Julio MoraMr. Fredy TabarquinoCandidates for the 14 April presidential electionsDear Candidates,With the campaign for the 14 April presidential election officially starting today, Reporters Without Borders would like to submit recommendations to you, the candidates, for fostering pluralism and freedom of information. Enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom of information encourages political, economic and social progress.The 14 April election does not just entail a choice between different political programmes. It also needs an in-depth public debate with equal airtime and respect for contrary opinions, which every candidate should guarantee. It is time to leave behind the polarization, with constant insults and vilification, that has dominated the media landscape for so long.This requires a commitment from the media to act responsibly. At the same time, they should be able to operate within an appropriate legal framework, one that is applied impartially. Safety of all journalists guaranteedArticle 46 of the 1999 Bolivarian Constitution rightly says that “every person has the right of respect for their physical, psychological and moral integrity”. This principle cannot be reconciled with a situation in which journalists, columnists and bloggers are exposed to public condemnation and attacks because the media they work for are identified with this or that political camp, especially during an election campaign.Since 15 March, outspoken critics of the Bolivarian government have complained of a campaign of hate-mongering and insults on social networks. At the same time, this campaign does not excuse the similar insults and attacks against journalists who work for state-owned broadcast media. Polarization, and the resulting lack of solidarity among employees of different media, has dramatically undermined journalists’ safety.Each candidate’s campaign managers must ensure that their activists and supporters do not threaten or attack journalists from any media engaged in campaign coverage. We also urge the winning candidate to establish, in coordination with journalists’ unions and organizations, a single court to investigate and punish all election-related attacks on freedom of information.Need for legislative reformReporters Without Borders hopes that, both during the campaign and after the polling, there will be no more exploitation of the media and Internet for the purpose of propaganda at the expense of a fair and open debate about political programmes and ideas.In particular, Reporters Without Borders calls for strict regulation of the official broadcasts known as “cadenas,” both in their content and duration. Given that the media, especially the state-owned media, are supposed to provide a “public service,” the “cadenas” should, during the campaign, take the form of spots for each of the seven presidential candidates that are of the same length and are broadcast the same number of times.Used until now for long speeches that all over-the-air broadcast media are required to carry at short notice, the “cadenas” have become a form of censorship and an additional factor in Venezuela’s “media war.” Only Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), the main state-owned TV channel, should have to broadcast them in their current form.Reform of the “cadenas” would have to be accompanied by a complete overhaul of media regulation, which is inappropriate and is implemented unfairly. Will Venezuela follow Uruguay and Argentina and become the next South American country to decriminalize defamation and insult? It is unfortunately so far the only one to have done the opposite and increase the jail terms for defamation and insult in its latest criminal law reform, in 2005, running counter to the South American trend.There is an even greater need to overhaul the Radio and TV Social Responsibility Law, known as the Resorte Law, article 10 of which imposes the “cadenas.” Adopted in 2004 and extended to the Internet in 2010, it contains provisions on “inciting or defending criminal activity,” “spreading panic among citizens,” “disturbing public order” and “discrediting the lawfully constituted authorities” that facilitate censorship and encourage self-censorship.These loosely-worded provisions for suspending media are open to extremely broad and subjective interpretation and have been turned into weapons for targeting media critical of the government. For pluralism’s sake, Reporters Without Borders is of the view that a thorough overhaul of the Resorte Law should be accompanied by a complete review of broadcast frequency allocation so that, as in other South American countries, there is equal provision for the three kinds of broadcast media – state-owned, privately-owned and community – while guaranteeing their independence.Need to preserve the Inter-American human rights systemThere is one more important undertaking that we think you should give. At the latest Organization of American States general assembly on 22 March, Venezuela and three other countries – Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua – were thwarted in their attempt to cut back the prerogatives of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), especially its funding and legal powers.This reform of the IACHR’s “functioning” was widely criticized by Latin American civil society organizations because it would have jeopardized the future of the Inter-American human rights system and its leading guarantor, the OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.While we welcome the resolution adopted by 35 member states on 22 March preserving the existing system, it leaves open the possibility of eventually changing this fundamental mechanism for protecting citizens who are at loggerheads with their governments. If elected, would you refrain from supporting a “reform” whose real political objective it so undermine the Inter-American human rights system and its Special Rapporteur?We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter and we undertake to publish any substantive responses to its various points that we receive from you.Sincerely,Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general to go further VenezuelaAmericas August 25, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Follow the news on Venezuela RSF_en News News June 15, 2020 Find out more
Where property prices have fallen the most in Queensland READ MORE Ms Veneman said anything built off the ground can be moved, however circumstances will vary depending on the size of the house as to wether it can be lifted as one load. “We can basically move anything that’s built off the ground because we have the machinery and technology.”“Typically we only move things within a 200km radius but we have moved it further but it just depends on the circumstance.” A house being Transported from 116 Tippet Street in Gulliver to 4 Latchford Street in Pimlico.THE idea of demolishing a family home can be hard to come to terms with, especially if there’s nothing wrong with it.When you want to build a new house without giving up the location, It can seem like there’s no other option. READ MORE Unique home with a cricket pitch in the front yard More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Inside the home which is now located at 4 Latchford St in Pimlico“We also clear the site for them for free.“It’s a solution to housing affordability, it’s not looked at enough as a solution for first homeowners and retirees.”Ms Veneman said she recently relocated a house from Gulliver to Pimlico, which was headed to landfill providing an affordable option for both the owner and new buyer. A house being Transported from 116 Tippet Street in Gulliver to 4 Latchford Street in Pimlico.But there is a solution that can save you thousands and in some cases make you a quick profit. Owner and director of Townsville’s Renewable Homes, Jo Veneman, said transporting a house is not an option most people think of first.“It costs the owners nothing, we basically offer them money for the house,” Ms Veneman said. “Gulliver is a boom suburb, there’s a lot of people who are renovating or building new homes there,” Ms Veneman said.“The owners offered us the house for free because they wanted to build a new one.“We relocated the home for $43,000 in total for the buyer and they didn’t have to pay anything more for the house.”The house which was located at 116 Tippet St in Gulliver, now sits at 4 Latchford St in Pimlico.