[ View the story "Venezuelan journalists say: 'No paper, no newspaper'" on Storify] Venezuelan journalists say: 'No paper, no newspaper' Paper shortage crisis causes dozens of newspapers to shut down amid protests from media.
The Stream· Wed, Feb 12 2014 11:11:17
Printing paper is steadily becoming a scarce commodity in the country as importers can no longer obtain dollars to buy the goods. Due to government
to raise the value of the local bolivar, state regulators are said to be tightening the supply of hard currency. One of Caracas' largest newspapers,
it was reducing content by 40 per cent and only had enough stock of paper to last a few weeks.
The government has also
to place advertisements in pro-opposition newspapers, what many
is a troubling development in a country where the largest companies and exporters are government owned.
Venezuelans discussed the issue using the hashtags
(No paper, no newspaper) and
(March for the press) were each used more than
on February 10.
#SinPapelNoHayPeriodico. No to paper shortage! No paper = no news = no jobs! Paper imports are needed ASAP!madeleyn turipe
: The press requires paper, at stake is the freedom of expression the livelihoods of more than 30,000 families.
La prensa exige papel Está en juego la libertad de expresión y el sustento de mas de 30.000 familias #SinPapelNoHayPeriodicoASalcedo
: And without media there is no democracy, without democracy there is no freedom of expression, without freedom of expression you are not free.
#SinPapelNoHayPeriodico y sin medios no hay Democracia,sin democracia no hay Libertad de Expresión,sin Libertad de Expresión NO ERES LIBRE!Alicia
to the Commission for the Administration of Currency Exchange (
) demanding the needed currency.
: Venezuelan press march again to demand the necessary foreign exchange to import paper.
Prensa venezolana vuelve a marcha para exigir las divisas necesarias para importar papel #Venezuela #SinPapelNoHayPeriodicoGABRIEL BARRETO SILV
: Maduro assassin of media.
President Maduro recently
they would start a third dollar supply system in the "coming hours" to battle product scarcity. He also issued a stern warning to the media,
,"They will call me a dictator, but we will introduce rules to end sensationalism." Venezuelans responded by vowing to continue protests.
: Threats of Maduro to "toughen rules" on media is another reason to march on February 11.
Amenazas de Maduro de "endurecer las normas" contra los medios de comunicación son otra razón para marchar el #11F. #SinPapelNoHayPeriódicoMarco Ruiz
: Free press! Next Tuesday February 18 we'll return to the streets, from the ombudsman's office to the general prosecutor's office.
¡Prensa libre! Próximo martes #18F volvemos a la calle, de la Defensoría a la Fiscalía. #SinPapelNoHayPeriodico