News agencies

The main news agency in Venezuela is the Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (Venezuelan News Agency - AVN), created in 2005 and controlled by the Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación e Información (Ministry of People’s Power for Communication and Information) as a substitution of the previous state news agency, Venpres. The propagandistic style of this agency has a similar effect as in the radio, television and print media, with lots of Venezuelans losing trust in it, but still being the most relevant one due to government support.

The turbulent context in Venezuela has made the Caribbean country gain relevance in the international information scenario. The main providers of information are the international agencies present in Venezuela: Reuters, Associated Press, Associated France Press, BBC or the Spanish EFE. This relevance in the international information scenario has also brought relevance to the Agencia Carabobeña de Noticias (News Agency of Carabobo - ACN), born in 2009 in the Carabobo region as one of the firsts efforts in Venezuela towards digital media. Finally, private agencies such as Notimill, News Flash or Intopress closed during the last years. Especially Intopress had great relevance as a provider of independent information, mainly for regional print media.