Freedom of expression is one of the freedoms that those ruling Venezuela today are not fond of. This is not something new, since they carry it in their DNA from the very first day.
Military authoritarianism does not allow any form of dissent, pluralism or diversity of thought. One simply has to abide by its rules without saying a word.
TalCual is the result of censorship, of the first censorship process led by the late President Hugo Chávez, when he pressed the owners of editorial company Cadena Capriles to have Teodoro Petkoff, current editor-in-chief of TalCual, fired from his job as director of its evening newspaper El Mundo. The skin of Venezuela’s "galactic leader," as many called him back then, was always very sensitive to criticism, because in his case he preferred to be praised and flattered.
In response to this act of censorship, TalCual was born.
It’s been 18 years of daily presence in the country adopting a stance and reporting on national and international affairs. It’s been years of pressures of all kinds. From different governmental entities, always seeking to silence this newspaper. This crystal-clear style of reporting what is happening in Venezuela has resulted in eight lawsuits before the submissive and complacent courts with the Government. Three of them are pending, although we already know who they will be ruling against. They always do as the "Captain" says.
The Government has sought ways to silence us. One of them is by controlling the supplies of newsprint. In October 2014, we were put through a very difficult situation that fortunately we were able to overcome. Today it is the same situation as three years ago. Since the middle of last year, Corporación Maneiro, conceived to censor the local printed media, has reduced the supplies of newsprint to only two rolls to this very day. This state entity that unfortunately bears the name of a revolutionary who opposed censorship, and fought against the dictatorship of Marcos Pérez Jiménez in the 1950s, does supply newsprint to the media loyal to the Government (at a lower Dicom exchange rate) and others similar created by the Ministry of Information to flood the country with ideological propaganda.
TalCual is not that kind of media and never will be. And despite the adjustments we had to make in order to keep going, in the end we had no choice but to buy newsprint at free-market exchange rates. Sadly, this is not a viable alternative anymore due to rampant inflation as a result of the disastrous administration of Nicolás Maduro.
In light of this, we have been forced to make the difficult decision to reduce circulation and suspend the distribution of our weekly edition in the interior of the country. We thank our readers from the province, who happen to be a lot, for their proven loyalty these past 18 years as we ask them to understand such a difficult decision. Our fight continues in Greater Caracas and on our website talcualdigital.com, denouncing the injustices of this terrible government. And we will do so by keep saying things crystal-clear as usual.