[Richard Gott responds to the recent claims by the General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Aidan White, which include the view that it is untenable to argue that "democratic rights, including freedom of the press, are better protected than ever before in Venezuela." --Ed]
Tuesday December 5, 2006
Aidan White and his federation of journalists have long been integrated with other foreign NGOs that seek to denigrate the government of Hugo Chávez (The press in Venezuela, December 4).
White's notion that the journalists of Venezuela are trying "to maintain" some sort of professionalism is absurd, since most of them never acquired it in the first place.
No tradition of independent journalism exists in Latin America; journalists invariably back rightwing generals or utopian socialists according to taste.
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