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In Venezuela, online news helps journalists get their voices back

The following is a CPJ Blog post by John Otis, CPJ Andes Correspondent:

When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was rumored to be gravely ill four years ago, his socialist government was tightlipped about the diagnosis. Then in June 2011 a source in Havana, Cuba, where Chávez was being treated, told Nelson Bocaranda, a veteran columnist for the Caracas daily El Universal, that the president had cancer.

Fearing a backlash from the government, which has been cracking down on independent media, El Universal balked at running the story, Bocaranda said. "They didn't dare publish it," the journalist claimed in a video and Web interview in March, on the second anniversary of Chavez's death. "So I figured, 'OK, I will post this on my own Web page.' " Shortly afterwards, El Universal and other outlets published the story.

Read the full story on CPJ's site.

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