The violence in Venezuela, somewhat overshadowed by attention on the Ukraine, has taken on a new dimension as the country threatens to expel CNN for its coverage of protests. BBC reports President Nicolas Maduro says the CNN journalists will be sent out of the country if the organization does not "rectify" its coverage. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is reporting on the systematic shutdown of media by the government in regions of the country. The Atlantic reports on how Twitter is a force in the protests in the country.
The New York Times reports that a new pro-government newspaper has been closed by the judiciary, possibly for carrying a quote about the eye-for-an-eye principles of Islamic law. The Times speculates that the closure might be designed to ensure the reform-minded president does not have access to media beyond the official government newspaper and news agency.
At my slow-to-get-off-the-ground beta site, www.presswatching.com, my latest post deals with the incongruent media coverage of women in sport.