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The Officer who Ordered Being on Active Duty in a Newspaper

The main newspaper of the center of Venezuela and second of the country, 'Notitarde', was the setting for an experiment, a unique even for the Chavista era, with a clear military imprint. An Army colonel took over the company. It was part of the nervous media acquisition spree by capital close to the revolution from 2013 to 2015. The results, journalistic and business-wise, fall short of the expectations. However, the graduation classmate of Carlos Osorio and Pedro Carreño still wants to learn from the reporters at his service.

27/08/2017 16:34:59

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"A colonel has arrived in the newsroom," was the message circulating between journalists and employees of the newspaper Notitarde when army officer Ramón José Carrasco Oropeza arrived that first half of 2015 and took over the reins to lead the newspaper based in Valencia , capital of the state of Carabobo, to the center of the country. Never before had a military man been seen - in all the years of the so-called Bolivarian Revolution - at the helm of an information medium.

The two years following the death of President Chávez in March of 2013 were marked by the change of owners in some media, both in the Venezuelan capital and in the interior of the country. Buying-selling processes that were mostly opaque, showing evident changes in editorial lines, efforts to censor journalists, reduction of investigative units, resignations, unjustified dismissals and self-censorship. The case of Notitarde was no different, with symptoms of the socialism of the 21st century, praised by Chavismo, and military men holding from political to business positions.