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ID:

573

Date:

2010-07-19

Headline:

Buying Venezuela's Press With U.S. Tax Dollars

Reporter's name:

Jeremy Bigwood

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Huffington Post

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

The State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor directed at least $4 million through a Washington, DC-based grantmaker, the Pan American Development Foundation, to journalists in Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, between 2007-09, including at least $700,000 to opposition press groups in Venezuela. A State Department document also notes that publications must "acknowledge the support," but the same document also blithely waives that requirement for the Venezuelan contribution(s).

Notes:

Jeremy Bigwood used FOIA to obtain twenty documents, including grant proposals, awards, and quarterly reports, regarding the grants, though only documents involving Venezuela had been released at the time. This program follows on the heels of an earlier American government-funded program exposed in part by documents obtained under FOIA in 2005.

Keywords:

State Department, "Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor", Bolivia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Pan American Development Foundation, Hugo Chavez, U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, National Endowment for Democracy, NED

URL:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeremy-bigwood/buying-venezuelas-press-w_b_650178.html


Agencies:

STATE

States:

DC

Categories:

foreign affairs


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