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In yet another controversial move, Venezuela's telecom authority Conatel has fined the free-to-air (FTA) channel Televen for showing pictures of the riots that took place during the elections of 2017.

conatel 02 mar 2018According to Conatel, the channel, one of the most watched in the country, has been penalised for broadcasting violence during its coverage of the demonstrations during the elections on 30 July 2017.

Such pictures are against the current telecom law and the regulation that aims to endorse social responsibility among media - an argument that has been previously used by Conatel to curb press freedom in Venezuela.

The latest figures from the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa en Venezuela show that at least 49 media outlets were closed during 2017, including major TV stations like Colombia's Caracol and RCN and CNN en Español.