Jewish group accuses Venezuelan state radio of spreading anti-Semitic message

The Confederation of Jewish Associations of Venezuela (CAIV) has filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office against Radio Nacional Venezuela (RNV) and a media worker for broadcasting a message it called “clearly anti-Semitic,” TalCualDigital reports.

The complaint, filed May 24, refers to an April 4 news show on the state-run station, in which broadcaster Cristina González recommended the “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a text originally published in czarist Russia that claims there is a Jewish plot to take over the world, El Universal explains.

The CAIV called on the government to investigate and punish the responsible for spreading a text that "only sows hatred and discrimination," but said it does not believe there is any official policy targeting Jews.

Cristina Gonzálex was president of Radio of the South until May 9, when she was fired after the station covered the extradition of journalist Joaquín Pérez Becerra from Venezuela to Colombia. This week, journalists at the station said the communications ministry ordered five more firings, kaosenlared.net reports.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.