From its economic collapse to its political crisis, the precarious situation in Venezuela has been widely covered by media outlets around the world. This visibility has helped Venezuelans in their efforts to raise international awareness of their crisis, which is an important step toward restoring their democracy. Nevertheless, such visibility has also produced negative effects.
Most significantly, media coverage has allowed the regime to spread propaganda beyond the nation’s borders. Through their misinformation campaigns, the Venezuelan regime and its international allies, such as Cuba and Russia, regularly attempt to deceive the public and protect the image of their socialist and authoritarian agenda.
One particularly dangerous fiction—pushed by the regime and gaining traction in outlets like the New York Times—is that Venezuela is experiencing the beginning of an economic recovery. This narrative, while erroneous, has an element of truth.