nezuela's government has been unable to quell increasingly violent protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro. So instead, they're trying to kill the coverage. Reuters Caracas Bureau Chief, Brian Ellsworth.>> We spoke with two people at 24 hour news station, Globovision. They say that when their major opposition march is planned, that state telecommunications regulator Conatel sent two officials to stand next to the antennas that broadcast their signal.
They are there in case someone at Conatel objects to the way they are covering the protests, they will cut the signal off.>> The regulator giving routine warnings not to show live footage of clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces, or broadcasting terms like dictatorship and repression.>> As a result of this pressure, television networks have really limited live coverage of the demonstrations.
There could be tear gas being fired, demonstrators barricading highways with burning debris, and when they turn on the television, they see soap operas, they see talk shows, they see re-runs of old television series.>> At least 57 people have died in violent melees, amid anger against the governing socialist party, and frustration over the crumbling economy.
Ruling socialist party officials scoff at the idea of any censorship and accuse the media of exaggerating the protest to weaken Maduro's government. Foreign television networks have also come under pressure. Connatel in February ordered cable television services to pull CNN spanish television network CNN in Espanola.