Venezuelan journalists create alternative to National Journalists Union

By Isabela Fraga

Journalists feeling that they are not adequately represented by the National Journalists Union (CNP) of Venezuela on June 27 created the Journalists Platform, a parallel organization to the CNP to serve as a site for "the discussion about ethics in the profession and the labor demands of journalists," reported Noticia Al Día.

The inauguration of the Journalists Platform occurred the same day that Venezuelan journalists living in the United States created the Association of Venezuelan Journalists Abroad (Apevex). That day also was Venezuela's National Day of the Journalist.

For Harim Rodríguez, member of the organization Necessary Journalism, the new Journalists Platform is an alternative to the CNP, which in his opinion does not "meet the needs" of Venezuelan journalists, reported ​​Unión Radio. "Commercial media have turned journalists into repetitive figures of the most powerful sectors," Rodríguez said.

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.