Maduro Regime to Regulate Venezuelan Social Media

Anti Maduro Protest in Paris/ Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Anti Maduro Protest in Paris/ Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Venezuelan President Maduro’s government has issued a new statement that threatens the freedom of expression and opinion. The newly sworn Constituent Assembly said that it will regulate hateful or intolerant messages.

The so called Truth Commission created by the Constituent Assembly will evaluate if anything further escalates political violence.

Delcy Rodríguez, the president of the current Constituent Assembly said, “We will incorporate into this law what is necessary, having to do with the regulation of the emission of messages of hatred and intolerance and impose strong penalties when the crime of hatred and intolerance is detected.”

Rodríguez said that the commission will try the alleged agents of political violence who has been creating unrest (i.e., she referred to the protestors against Maduro’s controversial decisions). According to this president of Constituent Assembly, this commission already has several cases to try for serious ‘hate crimes.’

“We will incorporate into this law what is necessary, having to do with the regulation of the emission of messages of hatred and intolerance and impose strong penalties when the crime of hatred and intolerance is detected.”

She accused the opposition of being “those who have promoted hatred in Venezuela, including racial hatred, class warfare, and political hatred.” She even warned the companies not to allow people to ‘publish negative information’ about the government.

Reiterating her commitment to regulating social media she said that the social media is “the most grotesque and brutal platform to attack the integrity of our people.”


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