Maduro, who narrowly won a presidential election last April to succeed his late mentor Hugo Chavez, has accused TV stations – especially popular soap operas, or “telenovelas” – of glamorizing guns, drugs and gangsters.
“We are going to build a culture of peace,” he said last week, summoning representatives of local terrestrial and cable channels to the Miraflores presidential palace on Monday.
“They transmit negative values of death, drugs, arms, violence and treachery and everything bad that a human can be,” he said.
Hugo Chavez banned the manufacture, importation and distribution of violent video games and toys, yet the crime rate has at least doubled (official figure). That won’t dissuade Maduro from this soap opera chapter because like all “progressives”, he believes in the perfectibility of man. And it’s easier to swing at imaginary foes than deal with the reality of his own government: “critics say the latest version of the government’s anti-crime plans do not tackle root causes, such as widespread impunity for criminals, largely due to a creaking and corrupt judicial system, and complicity by some poorly paid police.”