SOURCE: National Association of Hispanic Journalists

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

June 19, 2009 11:19 ET

NAHJ Convention to Discuss Walking the Tightrope: Challenges Faced by the Media in Venezuela

A Discussion About Clashes Between Venezuela's Government and the Free Press

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - The National Association for Hispanic Journalists will discuss the growing conflict between the news media and the government of Venezuela during its annual convention next week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Panelists will discuss how government pressure and threats of government shutdown of media, lawsuits and arrests are affecting journalists and media outlets in Venezuela.

During the Newsmaker Luncheon titled "Walking the Tightrope: Challenges Faced by the Media in Venezuela," panelist Alberto Ravell, director of Globovisión, Caracas will join the discussion analyzing the most recent clashes between Hugo Chavez's government and the press. The confrontation resulted in a $3 million fine against the television station Globovisión, in addition to threats of shuttering the station and El Nacional newspaper.

Veteran Venezuelan journalist Patricia Poleo will join the panel to discuss her challenges reporting in Venezuela. Poleo left Venezuela in order to continue her work as a journalist, and she now writes a column for the Venezuelan paper El Nuevo Pais from Miami.

Eduardo Hauser, media expert and current member of the journalism advisory board of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a member of the board of directors of National Public Radio (NPR), will be moderating the panel. Additional panelists will be announced pending confirmation.

The panel will take place on Thursday, June 25 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. It is part of the 27th Annual NAHJ Convention and Media & Career Expo, which runs from June 24-27. The Convention will focus on intensive, cutting-edge multimedia training. Convention attendees will have access to more than 63 workshops, training sessions and panel discussions to help them compete in a changing media landscape.

For more information about the convention programming, the expo, and registration, go to All press inquiries should be addressed to Marina Giovannelli at (858) 610-0237 or at

Founded in 1984, NAHJ's mission is to increase the percentage of Latinos working in our nation's newsrooms and to improve news coverage of the Latino community. NAHJ is the nation's largest professional organization for Latino journalists with more than 2,300 members working in English and Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast and online media.

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