The Venezuelan government pulled the plug on CNN after airing a segment they didn’t like. This is a first for the country, as no other international news network has ever been banned. Even Socialist countries are getting tired of their crap.
CNN banned in Venezuela
The Venezuelan government ordered cable providers to take CNN off the air. The surprise move came after CNN aired a program called “Passports in The Shadow.”
The show was an investigation into a network of corrupt officials selling passports to Middle Eastern citizens in exchange for huge sums of money.
The Venezuelan government said that CNN was “distorting the truth,” or as Trump would say, they’re “fake news.”
The channel’s general manager, Cynthia Hudson, released a statement saying, “We do hope that we can try to reach some kind of agreement for CNN en Español to get back to the business of free speech and free press in Venezuela.”
A competing news channel in the country, Today Venezuela, claimed the story was an attempt by the United States to undermine the Venezuelan government.
The President of Venezuela himself Nicolás Maduro also lashed out at the network, saying “CNN was bought with money from drug trafficking and is running a global campaign against Venezuela.”
In March of 2019, BBC was also taken off the air after showing military vehicles running over protesters in Caracas. DirecTV, Net Uno, Intercable, and Telefonica all received orders from Venezuela’s government regulator Conatel to block both BBC and CNN.
Violent clashes erupted in the capital city of Caracas after opposition leader Juan Guaido called on citizens to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro. Many Venezualans did not support the inauguration of Maduro and they took to the streets of Caracas to protest the event.
Violent clashes took place between protesters and government troops. The protests lasted all year, from January to November and resulted in more than one hundred deaths. Will this happen on the streets of America in January? It’s possible.