February 03, 2014, Miami

 

The URSC and the New “Information Ethic" for the Americas

Amanda Gorski *

Clearly, Latin America is in decline: there is less individual freedom, more restrictions, more insecurity, and the violence escalates. Institutions no longer function for the purpose they were created. The Union of the Castrist Socialist Republics (URSC) through its methodology known as "Socialism of the 21st century" has been responsible for penetrating the Americas gradually and consistently, overthrowing institutional checks and balances.

Somewhat surprising is how in Argentina, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and in Venezuela - these last two have already consolidated their dependence and integration with the URSC- the Castro Strategy has quietly advanced with the destruction of the Nation, the Government, Liberty and Democracy, but they have no way to justify the social, economic and institutional chaos, nor the violence that their own people are suffering.

Freedom of expression is a basic inalienable right; on the URSC there is not equality of conditions for communication and information because the dissemination of information is controlled by government power. These Governments have taken over the media and censorship information. People are no longer free; these governments operate under the rulers’ ego and self-centeredness, and the only thing they have done is perpetuate themselves in power.

How now-a-days is this possible; especially when communications make the world ever so closer and interrelated? For the same reason, with exception of brave opponents to these Governments, why this matter is not more relevant in the international media?

The laws that regulate media in several Latin American countries, implemented by those that have established this charade of the so called Socialism of the 21st Century, have strangled the last areas of freedom of expression.

Sadly, in Venezuela nothing surprises us: with an illegitimate dictator who just follows orders from Havana; There is no communication outlet left in Venezuela that has not been intervened by the regime of the URSC; And those of us who have the fortune of residing abroad, are able to follow the facts of the country through the online press, or in various social media platforms that some journalists are still able to articulate and support.

In Ecuador, according to the Andean Foundation for the Observation and Study of Media (Fundamedios), the year 2013 was the worst year for freedom of expression in that country. Censorship became more consolidated (the famous "gag law"), control of dissemination, and recently the new internet restriction law. The report not only indicates that there was a 50% increase in cases of censorship, but moreover, that there was an increase of nearly 400% in governmental media network. The same is happening consistently -following in the footsteps of Venezuela and Ecuador- both in Bolivia and in Nicaragua.

Last year we saw how the Krichnerist Government was able to pass the Media Law in Argentina; On the other hand, the Peruvian President, Ollanta Humala, started the year 2014 insisting that Congress should legislate on the means of communication in the country.

They are creating new standards, regulations and "ethics" of disclosure in the Americas.

La URSC is setting up in these Nations, mechanisms and bodies of control for the journalistic activity, with administrative and economic sanctions to the media, adjusting the content by censorship.

Where has freedom of expression gone? How is it possible that only a filtered message reaches the masses? Citizens are not free; they have lost their capacity of expression, of choice and of information.

We must support the struggle of those individuals who risk not only their physical freedom, but their lives, by continuing to report and inform about the constant violations of these repressive Governments.

* Political scientist, sociologist, Associate Director of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy.