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

  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},
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… 

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