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Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela

Robert Samet


Since 2006, Venezuela has had the highest homicide rate in South America and one of the highest levels of gun violence in the world. Former president Hugo Ch൥z, who died in 2013, downplayed the extent of violent crime and instead emphasized rehabilitation. His successor, President Nicolౠ‎Maduro, took the opposite approach, declaring an all-out war on crime (mano dura). What accounts for this drastic shift toward more punitive measures? In Deadline, anthropologist Robert Samet answers this question by focusing on the relationship between populism, the press, and what he calls “the will to secur ... More

Keywords: Populism, Social Movements, Media, Journalism, Crime, Violence, Venezuela, Latin America, Denunciation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226633565
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226633879.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Samet, author
Union College