Venezuela's political crisis muffled by censorship

A girl lights candles positioned to form

A girl lights candles positioned to form "SOS" as Venezuelan citizens in Mexico protest against Nicolas Maduro on February 18 (Daniel Becerril/Reuters)


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 going forward.

"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."

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