By N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON DC:- The US Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price has said that the US stands with media freedom in the world and any effort for media censorship is condemnable.
Speaking at a press briefing, Spokesperson Price said media freedom is essential to the pursuit of a vibrant democracy and responsive governance.
In response to a question about the situation in Venezuela, where private media is being shut down, Spokesperson Price said Maduro regime’s acts are highly objectionable.
“Nicolas Maduro is a dictator, there is no doubt about that, and media censorship is a hallmark of dictatorships. He and those who support him have tried to silence journalists like yourself who report the truth through regime-directed harassment, intimidation, and violence as well,” Spokesperson Price said.
“We condemn censorship. We condemn blocking, harassment, and other tactics to stifle independent media voices, including the recent shuttering of VPI TV and harassment of six other Venezuelan independent outlets. We support journalists and other democratic actors who are advancing the struggle for democracy in Venezuela,” Spokesperson Price added.
Maduro’s continuing media crackdowns have severely limit Venezuelans’ access to accurate information. As a result, more than 5 million Venezuelans live in a so-called “news desert” with insufficient access to independent media.
“The broader point here is, only a regime afraid of its own people would engage in such practices,” Spokesperson Price said.
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