Originally posted on Variety:
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro threatened on Thursday to expel CNN from Venezuela unless it “rectified its coverage” of the recent demonstrations and has ordered his administration to begin the process of blocking CNN’s signal in the country.
With local television networks, radio stations and even newspapers effectively stifled by the Maduro government, most Venezuelans have been relying on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other social media to get uncensored information. How reliable these unfiltered sources are is open to debate.
Last year, the last Venezuelan opposition-leaning TV network still broadcasting, Globovision, was bought by a government crony. Colombian regional news network NTN24 was pulled off the air and its Internet feed blocked in Venezuela for its uncensored reports. Radio stations are mostly mute about the riots with one or two exceptions, such as Radio Caracas, the sister radio station of the defunct RCTV, shut down in 2007 by the late President Hugo Chavez for alleged insubordination.