Note to press: Francisco Poleo, El Nuevo País director, is in Miami and available for interviews.
President Nicolás Maduro ordered on Saturday, October 9, in Caracas, his oil minister and president of PDVSA, Eulogio Del Pino, to sue the owners of a Venezuelan newspaper, which he did not cite, but he referred to as “directed from Miami” for spreading information on oil he considers false.
El Nuevo País publisher, Rafael Poleo, said that Maduro refers to his newspaper, which he seeks to shut down. Poleo also said that the same day of the accusations by the President of Venezuela, the paper had published a Bloomberg report on the failure of Petróleos of Venezuela (PDVSA) to obtain foreign financing. The US outlet’s information was the subject of the front page headline as well.
The Poleo family is exiled in Miami due to persecution from the Chavez government.
Poleo said that “Maduro called the world’s attention on the PDVSA situation” by choosing to “close El Nuevo País,” adding that the “international controversy” by the closure of the newspaper “is the story of how madurismo ended the Venezuelan oil industry.”
Maduro said, meanwhile, that the newspaper is part of a “campaign against Venezuela,” which, he says, seeks to “destroy the financial and development possibilities of PDVSA,” and said he will not tolerate “the continued use of lies in conspiracy to destroy” the country, so “justice will be applied to leave them (the newspaper) in the bone.”
Following Maduro’s announcement, the PDVSA minister tweeted that “legal action will be taken against press inventing lies about PDVSA.”
A few days before this incidents, on Monday, October 3, the Venezuelan President lashed out against El Nuevo País, brandishing an edition of the newspaper, accusing them of being “the newspaper of the right and (Henry) Ramos Allup (president of the National Assembly and leader of the opposition).” The President of the National Assembly replied, “of course it is my official gazette. There I write and opine without censorship and the regime has not been able to silence or buy it.”
The chavismo attacks against El Nuevo País date back to the beginning of the current regime, in 1999, and have intensified this year, becoming one of the favorite targets of the President of the Republic. Jesus Torrealba, executive secretary of the Democratic Unity Roundtable, tweeted the front page of El Nuevo País, angering Maduro on Saturday. He said, “Maduro ordered a lawsuit against El Nuevo País because of this front page. He has nothing to discuss and wields the legal club. They will not keep Rafael Poleo silent.” Mitzi Capriles Ledezma, wife of the Metropolitan Mayor of Caracas and political prisoner, posted in the same social network a pair of first controversial pages of El Nuevo País accompanied by the following message: “There is very big fear of Rafael Poleo and El Nuevo País because they tell the truth about what is happening in Venezuela and will never surrender.”
In the face of the attack, Poleo responded to Maduro:
“The unfortunate evolution of PDVSA led perspicacious editors at El Nuevo País to open by saying that we have lost a source of significant income. It could be debated that, as entitled on El Nuevo País today (Saturday, October 8), we lost PDVSA, or that PDVSA simply died. So President Nicolas Maduro, on national television, orders Eulogio Del Pino, president of the state oil sue El Nuevo País for reprinting the Bloomberg report on the collapse of PDVSA. The report, by way, was published by an international chain and reproduced in the world press, but for which only we are receiving attacks. That is, Maduro moving his judges to shut down El Nuevo País. A few days ago, Maduro announced his intention of closing the newspaper by presenting an edition of the newspaper on TV calling it ‘the newspaper of the opposition’. We would not be the first newspaper closed by a dictatorship. The operation against El Nuevo País is one of the last acts of Nicolas Maduro’s government.”
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