Trade unions

Due to the strong attacks received by mass media and their professionals, the activity and relevance of trade unions have increased. The most relevant trade union in the media sector is the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Prensa (National Union of Press Workers - SNTP), member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). It focuses not only on journalists, but in all workers of the media sector. Their recent activity has focused on reporting the lack of freedom, the violation of journalists’ rights, the aggressions they are victims of (500 in 2017 and more than 100 in the first semester of 2018) and the shutting down of media. Their action has been connected with the one of other organisations, collaborating with other journalist and media workers’ associations and also with other trade unions in the defence of workers of different fields, not only of the media. Although usually associated to left-wing movements, like the one of Chávez and Maduro in Venezuela, the SNTP has taken a very critical position as control of media became a main goal of the government, increasing repression and harassment against media and its professionals.