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    http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org/spanish_paper_el_pais_makes_a_fool_of_itself.htm Spanish paper El Pais makes a fool of
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      Spanish paper El Pais makes a fool of
      24 January 2013

      Hands Off Venezuela


      On Thursday January 24, Spanish newspaper El País published a front page
      headline screaming "the secret of Chavez's health" acompanied by a picture
      of a man, eyes closed, lying in a hospital bed with tubes coming out of his

      [image: ELPAISCHAVEZ]The picture, occupying more than a third of the front
      page was captioned: "President Chávez during medical treatment in Cuba".
      This sensationalist picture and headline was calculated to cause maximum
      impact and to demoralise Chávez supporters at a time when all the official
      news are that the president is well into his recovery and preparing to be
      transferred to Caracas.

      They went to the extent of putting a watermark on the picture and marking
      it "no unauthorised reproduction". A further explanatory note on El País
      website read "Venezuelan President Chavez's illness has been shrouded in
      opacity since he travelled to Havana on December 10 and has created a
      political polemic in his country. El Pais offers an unpublished and
      exclusive picture, taken a few days ago, showing an initial moment of his
      medical treatment in Cuba".

      We did not expect less from El País, a newspaper which supported the
      Venezuelan right wing coup in April 2002 and which has distinguished itself
      by the fierce defence of Spanish multinational interests in Latin America
      and vitriolic attacks on those governments which have challenged them and
      carried out expropriations.

      There was only one small problem. The picture was a fake. The man shown is
      not Chavez. The Spanish newspaper had to withdrew it from its website, publish
      an apology<http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2013/01/24/actualidad/1359002703_817602.html>
      furthermore recall the whole of its printed edition which was already being
      sent to the newsagents and replace it by another one.

      Here is yet another example of the type of lies, half truths and slanders
      which the capitalist mass media will not hesitate in using in their
      disgusting campaign against the Bolivarian revolution. These are the same
      media which have waged a noisy campaign about the so-called "attacks on
      freedom of the media" in Venezuela. What is really at stake is the right to
      truthful information, as shown by this example. Once more we say, as loudly
      as we can:* Hands Off Venezuela!!*

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