Venezuela May be Blocking Internet Connections as Protest Break Out
As protests and violence erupt around Venezuela, it is possible that internet connections are also being censored across the highly government-controlled country. With authorities already heavily controlling television and mainstream media outlets, censored internet connections could cut off protesting Venezuelan citizens from the rest of the world.
Last week, student-led protests against the current government’s administration broke out violently across the country. Amidst the bloodshed and crackdowns, it is also feared that President Nicolas Maduro’s government has also begun to censor internet connections in an effort to falter communication with the rest of the world.
According to local reports, the country experiences wide-scale internet blackouts, along with the complete shutdown of at least one major internet service provider in the state of Tachira. Not long ago, the government also attempted to censor protestors and political opposition on Twitter, blocking users from posting certain images online. The government has also removed television stations from cable networks.
According to Human Rights Watch, the government has the right to censor media under Venezuelan law, which forbids the media to “foment anxiety in the population or threaten public order.”