Government-controlled news in Cuba offers disinformation on Venezuela


For Cubans, the recent vote for a Constituent Assembly in Venezuela was “an exemplary victory” for President Nicolás Maduro, and the balloting took place “normally and with a great turnout.”

Street protests against Maduro are “acts of violence” organized by the U.S. government, and the protesters are not Venezuelans but “terrorists backed by right-wing elements.”

Those “alternative facts” are what Cubans get every day from their government-controlled mass media, which generate disinformation through a mix of censorship, propaganda and limited access to the internet.

Cubanet, an independent news outlet based in Miami, asked several Cubans on the island what they knew about the crisis in Venezuela after the mass protests started in May. Not surprisingly, they knew little.


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