Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Satirical Site Skewers Chávez and Politics

In an atmosphere that has increasingly been marked by fear and the suppression of the media by the government, El Chiguire Bipolar (The Bipolar Capybara), a satirical website in Venezuela, has become a runaway success. The site features satirical and critical material about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Chavez government, and other Latin American leaders such as Evo Morales of Bolivia and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. It also derides the close relationship between Venezuela and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As a result, the website has come under fire from the Venezuela government as well as Venezuela's other state-controlled media organizations.

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