The President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, told the media that he respected the work that journalists do every day in Venezuela, on the occasion of celebrating their day on June 27th.
During the online meeting “Reflections on Freedom of Conscience and Truth”, promoted by the Permanent Media Commission of the National Assembly, Guaidó said that the first victim of a regime like Nicolás Maduro’s is the truth, because they want to “falsify the truth, and present lies as a real alternative, but in Venezuela it is difficult to hide it”.
“Long live the truth and the press to fight disinformation. We do not want journalists to be seen as victims, but as fighters and survivors who are rescuing their dignity and the opportunity to be free definitively in Venezuela”.
He stressed that the interim government and the national parliament have always been respectful of the press and have fought for freedom of information and the right of Venezuelans to be informed.
“We must have respect for the institutions, in this case freedom of expression, we have been respectful at every moment and we have sought to empower the media that is being persecuted today, for example we have seen the persecution of the media, the closure of the media, as well as the persecution and detention of twitters, people who simply want to try to communicate. With such a siege and aggression one realizes why Venezuela is in the condition it is in today.”
He said that recognition should also serve as a struggle for all citizens who are seeking to inform themselves through tools such as social networks, although he warned to be careful because these are also used to spread misinformarmation and that is the importance of journalists who have had to evolve quickly and adapt to new communication mechanisms in the midst of the dictatorship.
Guaidó thanked the journalistic guild for the tireless work they do to seek the truth and transmit information. Likewise, he rejected the false news that was spread from the regime about “liberations that never happened”, articles that were distorted to try to undermine the support and backing of the interim government that continues to be more solid than ever and that was evidenced by the recent vote of the Organization of American States”.
“We are a government in charge and a parliament under a dictatorship, but we are fighting to achieve a free, verifiable transition, in order to open the way to a solution to the crisis and to address the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela. Today Venezuela is at war and it is hard to say, we do not see the bombs but we have seen a bombardment against freedom of expression, against the media.”