Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas, Venezuela’s leading prelate, lamented the closure of several newspapers amid a national shortage of newsprint.
National Public Radio attributed the shortage to “government currency
controls” and noted that “media outlets say that it's another form of
harassment by a government that often doesn't like what independent
“It is necessary that the country has channels of communication able to
report what is happening, and Venezuelans should enjoy the right to be
informed of what is happening in and out of the country,” said Cardinal
Urosa, according to a Fides news agency report.
“The closure of a newspaper is something terrible,” he added. “We cannot
sink into the darkness of misinformation, this problem must be solved
as soon as possible.”