Opposition Media, State Censorship, and Political Accountability: Evidence from Chavez&Apos;S Venezuela

@article{Knight2019OppositionMS,
  title={Opposition Media, State Censorship, and Political Accountability: Evidence from Chavez\&Apos;S Venezuela},
  author={Brian G. Knight and Ana Mar{\'i}a Trib{\'i}n},
  journal={Political Communication eJournal},
  year={2019}
}
This paper investigates the effects of state censorship of opposition media using evidence from the closing of RCTV, a popular opposition television channel in Venezuela. The government did not renew RCTV’s license, and the channel was replaced overnight, during May 2007, by a pro-government channel. Based upon this censorship of opposition television, we have three key findings. First, using Nielsen ratings data, viewership fell, following the closing of RCTV, on the pro-government replacement… 

Selective Control: The Political Economy of Censorship

ABSTRACT Alongside democratic backsliding and security threats, censorship is increasingly used by governments and other societal actors to control the media. Who is likely to be affected by it and

Independent media under pressure: evidence from Russia

ABSTRACT Existing literature recognizes growing threats to press freedom around the world and documents changes in the tools used to stifle the independent press. However, few studies investigate how

‘Everything is dimming out, little by little:’ examining self-censorship among Venezuelan journalists

ABSTRACT Using the conceptual frameworks of professional reflexivity and collective professional autonomy, our in-depth interviews with 25 journalists from Venezuela show that years of anti-press

Measuring Voters' Knowledge of Political News

We propose a methodology to measure knowledge of news about recent political events that combines a protocol for identifying stories, a quiz to elicit knowledge, and the estimation of a model of

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 40 REFERENCES

The Limits of Propaganda: Evidence from Chavez&Apos;S Venezuela

In this paper, we investigate viewer responses to changes in the ideological content of television programming using variation induced by cadenas, unannounced takeovers of the public television

Partisan Control, Media Bias, and Viewer Responses: Evidence from Berlusconi&Apos;S Italy

This paper examines whether and how viewers respond to changes in partisan bias in media news. We use data from Italy, where the main private television network is owned by Silvio Berlusconi, the

Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia

How do media affect voting behavior? What difference can an independent media outlet make in a country with state-controlled media? Our paper addresses these questions by comparing electoral outcomes

The Impact of Media Censorship: 1984 or Brave New World?

Media censorship is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes. We conduct a field experiment in China to measure the effects of providing citizens with access to an uncensored internet. We track subjects’

The Chávez Government and the Battle Over the Media in Venezuela

This article examines the extraordinary conflict between government and corporate media in Venezuela over the past twelve years, in the light of on-going, world-wide debate about media power and

Radio and the Rise of the Nazis in Prewar Germany

How far can the media protect or undermine democratic institutions in unconsolidated democracies, and how persuasive can they be in ensuring public support for dictator's policies? We study this

How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism But Silences Collective Expression

We offer the first large scale, multiple source analysis of the outcome of what may be the most extensive effort to selectively censor human expression ever implemented. To do this, we have devised a

Local News and National Politics

The level of journalistic resources dedicated to coverage of local politics is in a long-term decline in the US news media, with readership shifting to national outlets. We investigate whether this

Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chavez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela

Since he was first elected in 1999, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias has reshaped a frail but nonetheless pluralistic democracy into a semi-authoritarian regime --an outcome achieved with

The Price of Political Opposition: Evidence from Venezuela's Maisanta

In 2004, the Chavez regime in Venezuela distributed the list of several million voters whom had attempted to remove him from office throughout the government bureaucracy, allegedly to identify and