In this exclusive interview, writer and journalist Maria Elena Lavaud talks to us about the state of freedom of expression in Venezuela. Lavaud is the host of the TV talk show En Privado for Globovisión, a private television station that has been repeatedly sanctioned by the Chávez government.

In this exclusive interview, writer and journalist Maria Elena Lavaud talks to us about the state of freedom of expression in Venezuela. Lavaud is the host of the TV talk show En Privado for Globovisión, a private television station that has been repeatedly sanctioned by the Chávez government.


“If not for the media, I would have 80% popularity.” – Hugo Chávez


Venezuelan cartoonist Roberto Weil portrays President Hugo Chávez as a boot in response to a law which prohibits depictions of the likeness of the president and of patriotic symbols.
For more, read our piece "Under Chavez: Media Harassed with Online Hacking, Phone Tapping and Censorship."
“If not for the media, I would have 80% popularity.” – Hugo Chávez

Venezuelan cartoonist Roberto Weil portrays President Hugo Chávez as a boot in response to a law which prohibits depictions of the likeness of the president and of patriotic symbols.

For more, read our piece "Under Chavez: Media Harassed with Online Hacking, Phone Tapping and Censorship."