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Últimas Noticias before the October Revolution of 1945

The editorial of Últimas Noticias signed by Pedro Beroes, its director says:

“Caracas, 23/10/45. The resolution does not prohibit the defense of the Lópéz Contreras regime.” There is a photo of the minister testifying, whose legend says: “Valmore Rodríguez, in charge of the Ministry of Interior Relations, in his statements to our reporter Sánchez.” And below is a note “To the Public” that reads: “As a consequence of the resolution of the revolutionary Government Junta, our edition today suffers from notable flaws, because the majority of the materials prepared

They were related to the latest palpitating national events and at the time the resolution reached our hands it was not possible for us to prepare others to serve our public. Below we insert the text of a statement issued by the Head of the Ministry of Interior Relations, Mr. Valmore Rodríguez, in which severe censorship of journalistic publications is once and for all established. This Resolution of the Revolutionary Junta has greatly surprised us. First, because we consider that without free public discussion it is not possible to debate democratic ideas and give the people a firm basis so that they know who is who in our political life. And second, because the Resolution does not prohibit defending the López Regime, which caused so much harm to public liberties in this country. Finally, we consider that what the moment requires is to ensure broad freedoms for the people and their press organs, and not censorship measures like the one that emanated yesterday from the Ministry of Interior Relations." The Revolutionary Junta of the United States of Venezuela has authorized the Head of the Ministry of Interior Relations to summon the Directors of the newspapers and weeklies published in Caracas to his office, in order to make the following statements to them.

“It is the defined and categorical purpose of the Government to guarantee public freedoms, among them that of the unrestricted expression of spoken and written thought. But for reasons of public security and in defense of the revolutionary order of things, it has agreed as follows: – The publication by the press of any news related to troop movements and other operations or events of a military nature is prohibited. Any doubt in this regard must be raised with the citizen Minister of War, with the Director of the newspaper or weekly newspaper being responsible before the Government Board if a news of this nature is published in his newspaper without prior consultation with the aforementioned Office. 2nd – Under the protection of the leniency with which the Government has been proceeding until now, elements of the past regime are publicly attempting to defend the disastrous order of things overthrown by the Army and the people united in recent historic events. This provocative attitude towards the triumphant revolution has culminated with the “Manifesto of the P.D.V.”, which was signed by doctors Pastor Oropeza and A. García Maldonados and Messrs. Alirio Ugarte Pelayo and Antonio Manzano, publishes the newspaper EL NACIONAL in its October 27 edition. This document goes to the audacious, inadmissible extreme of describing that the regime of administrative corruption and personalist autocracy of General Isaías Medina Angarita “constituted for Venezuela the most notable step forward taken so far on the path to democracy.” This attitude of defense of Medinism and its corruption, by those who benefited from it, synchronizes with the campaign to discredit the revolutionary order established in Venezuela, carried out by allies and co-participants in the responsibilities of the past Government. Such is the case of the cable that Mr. Juan Fuenmayor tried to send to Cuba, which was prevented by order of the Government, who speaking on behalf of the Communist Party affirms that the political system currently established in Venezuela with the fervent support of the great Venezuelan majorities “It could degenerate into a Perón-Argentina type movement, perhaps better, a Villarroel-Bolivia type movement.” Faced with this situation, the Revolutionary Government Junta is willing to police arrest anyone who, from the columns of the press, attempts, when the blood of those who fell to redeem Venezuela from a regime that shamed and degraded the Nation, is still fresh. defend with his signature what is definitively condemned by the conscience of an entire people. The Revolutionary Government Junta will not hinder any kind of criticism made of its own political and administrative management. But it will proceed with calm energy to prevent when the system that emerged from the October 18 Revolution is still in the process of structuring, interested voices from trying to theoretically defend what was definitively abolished from this land by the joint action of the united People and Army. The Revolutionary Government Junta has not wanted to appeal to the establishment of press censorship, considering it an extreme measure that is repugnant to the free conscience of Venezuelans.

The memory of the years of the Adeco triennium from 1945 to 1948 is blurry, it was formed by the book by Rómulo Betancourt Venezuela, politics and oil. Its real texture is here. The reaction of Últimas Noticias, expresses the opposition of the Communist Party to Democratic Action, strong since the time of López Contreras, when Betancourt did that “I got papered.” Kotepa Delgado was a radical communist, Betancourt would end up taking the newspaper from him with the help of the accountant, Miguel Ángel Capriles.

Frank P. Corrigan, American ambassador to Venezuela, had informed the State Department of his concern because the two main Venezuelan newspapers were in communist hands. In the case of Últimas Noticias It was true,

Striking is the ignorance of the military component of the coup despite Carlos Delgado Chalbaud and Mario Vargas appearing on the Board.

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