UN and IACHR condemn censorship in Venezuela

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Edison Lanza, have condemned the practice of censorship and Internet blocking in Venezuela. They pointed out that ‘even under a state of emergency, the regulation as well as limitation or restrictions on websites and television signals transmitted over the Internet are disproportionate and incompatible with international standards’, leading to a continuous deterioration of ‘the space for critical voices of journalists, civil society representatives, human rights defenders and members of the political opposition’.