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“It’s not over, they will continue to attack us”. Miguel Henrique Otero, editor-president of El Nacional, had already warned EL MUNDO a few hours after learning that a Chavista judge had handed over the seat of the emblematic newspaper El Nacional to Diosdado Cabello, number two of the revolution.
The also vice-president of the party took advantage of his televised chair “With the mallet giving” to respond this week to Otero’s remarks. “With the value of El Nacional, you didn’t pay me. Now it’s pushing me to go get the (web)page ’cause you owe methreatened Cabello, who said he was dissatisfied with the $13 million “moral compensation” issued by Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), a Bolivarian hammer against the Democratic opposition.
“You are provoking me to go one step further,” boasted the revolutionary leader. Said and done, only possible in revolution with the orders of their hierarchs: the site of El Nacional, the most read in Venezuela with 21 million unique visits per month and the most influential, Since then, it has been subjected to the digital bombardment of Chavismo.
“We already have a partial lockdown. It’s intermittent blocking, they’ve knocked down half our traffic already“, confirmed yesterday to EL MUNDO Jorge Makriniotis, general manager of El Nacional. Even with the DNS (Domain Name System) change, access is also impossible, forcing its users to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
According to the newspaper itself, the blockade comes from providers in the country such as Cantv (public telecommunications company) and private companies Movistar, Digitel and Inter.
The “judicial robbery” and the new digital attack of the Bolivarian government constitutes the penultimate chapter of the expropriation launched by Cabello, who took advantage of a press article published in the newspaper, which in turn included information from the Spanish newspaper ABC, on the ongoing investigation in the United States for drug trafficking. “Based on this investigation, the DEA (US Drug Enforcement Agency) set a bounty of $10 million for those collaborating in the capture of Cabello,” the newspaper recalled.
The attack on one of Latin America’s most iconic newspapers takes place just days after another chavismo digital attack on other independent media, such as El Pitazo, Tal Cual and Cocuyo Effect. The communicational hegemony of the revolution mixes media buying, through Bolivian millionaires, with strategies of censorship and forced self-censorship on television, radio and television. in line. Paper is today a cemetery of dinosaurs tamed by Bolivarian power.
Amnesty International and Foro Penal investigated for a year the effectiveness of the threats that Cabello makes from his television program. The result is enlightening: almost half of the public stigmatization of chavismo is carried out in “Con el mazo dar” and of these, 77% become forced arrests, one of the crimes against humanity investigated by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).