Jian speaks to Phil Gunson
, a Venezuela-based freelance journalist, to discuss the ongoing turmoil in Venezuela
and why President Nicolas Maduro shut down live coverage of the protests.
Gunson, who is on the scene in Caracas, provides a first-hand account of the situation, the deadly clashes and what the current state of protest looks like.
Reports have emerged citing the government's attempt to monitor
journalists by denying them their credentials and "rectifying" their
coverage after President Maduro made it clear he doesn't trust the
objectivity of some media reports.
Gunson discusses the importance of the internet and social media
for the protestors and the opposition as well as the likelihood of media censorship
"The government is really only interested in getting one kind of message out," he says. "The crackdown is policy, it's been policy for a long time and it's only intensified in the current process."