Fox News pogrešno prikazuje venezuelanske prosvjede usred povećanja napetosti

Prosvjed u Venezueli - Carlos Becerra Amnesty International

Fox News nedavno je objavio članak koji detaljno opisuje prosvjede koji se u ovom trenutku održavaju u Venezueli. Članak je naslovljen "Venezuelski prosvjedi koje su uglavnom potaknuli napušteni studenti koji si ne mogu priuštiti fakultet". Nastavilo se uživo Svibanj 22nd 2017.

U članku se opisuje kako su civilni nemiri iskoristili akord u srcu Venezuele uslijed nedostatka hrane, neadekvatnih medicinskih potrepština i gubitka radnih mjesta.

Prosvjedi su započeli nakon što je socijalistički režim predvodio predsjednik Nicolás Maduro uzeo korake predaleko - ili previše, preblizu autokraciji - kada je Vrhovni sud pravde preuzimao zakonodavne ovlasti i pokušao opkoliti oporbu ograničavanjem imuniteta i zatvaranjem krajnjih ekstremnih članova suprotstavljene stranke, kako je izvijestio CNS Vijesti.

What the Fox News article doesn’t recount is how they managed to come to the conclusion that led to their current headline. Nowhere in the article do they cite proper estimates, statistics or surveys to reach the conclusion proposed in the headline: that the protests are “mostly” from college dropouts.

In fact, the article on Fox News spans coverage on the topic from a wide range of different views and individuals, each from different social classes protesting for different reasons: from musicians to kids,   to senior citizens, and everyone else in between. Each have taken to the streets in hopes of getting the opportunity to change the ruling party’s mind and hold an election in order to oust President Maduro.

Fox’s headline could easily mislead people into thinking that the protests taking place are just from angry kids or slackers who can’t afford college. It almost paints the picture of an Occupy Wall Street-esque movement.

Unatoč tome, jedan korisnik Imgura ide do ručke IneverCommentButWhenIdo has been posting up photo galleries daily of the plight that the people of Venezuela are suffering under the current conditions of the ruling party. The images and personal commentary reveal that everyone from students and youth to the elderly and medical professionals are out protesting… even when standing in the face of violence.

This isn’t to say that students aren’t protesting… because many are, due to what’s mentioned in the Fox News article about high tuition costs. Thus students are forced to vacate their opportunities for higher education while dealing with the tumult political unrest. The police have carted off some of the male youth in trucks to clear the streets, while others are whisked away via motorcycle.

Consistently Venezuelans have been slowly making it known just how bad things are by posting about their own personal stories across social media. The individual who took some of the photos above has been detailing the degradation of Venezuela’s civil infrastructure as death tolls mount, murder counts rise, and basic amenities in life are dwindling for citizens.

Stranice kao što su BBC News pokušali su slikati sliku kao više od nasilnog izopačivanja pojedinaca koji se jednostavno suprotstavljaju vladi, dajući više svjedočenja, vremena i citata ovlasti koje su.

Gotovo identično #GamerGate, it’s difficult for some of the people with feet on the ground to have their say broadcast to the wider public due to media misrepresentation or being completely ignored. In fact, in certain threads on Reddit where the issue could be broadcast more widely to those who might be interested in the subject matter, Venezuelans are finding themselves sinking in the quicksand of censorship.

Post na Reddit recounts how the Socialism sub-Reddit has banned people from Venezuela from discussing their country in the forum due to claims of “brigading”. Many Venezuelans wishing to speak about the topic have very little good to say about socialism under President Maduro’s reign. Facing off against impossible tuition, rapidly rising inflation, exorbitant crime rates, and food shortages, it’s easy to see why so many have become outspoken and angry at their current predicament.

Prema Telesur, they claim that socialism isn’t to blame for the food shortages and starvation taking place in Venezuela. They claim that the biggest issue is the right-wing opposition party who has been puppeteering and machinating their way into creating the food shortage crisis in order to manufacture anger toward the socialist ruling party.

Telesur claims that the U.S., right-wing establishments are helping the opposition party in Venezuela establish a plutocracy, all while the media blames socialism for Venezuela’s ails.

Telesur doesn’t address the disgruntlement from citizens who are protesting against the current socialist party in power.

Regardless, some Venezuelans feel as if the world is crumbling down around their ears while no one will properly report on or convey the decay chipping away at their beloved country. The reports are surfacing, but much like every other hot topic in the media, there’s a lot of noise and narrative muddling the picture. Meanwhile Venezuelans can do nothing but protest while the country that houses them slowly burns to the ground under a dictatorship calling itself socialism.

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