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Since 2006, Caracas has had the highest homicide rate of any city in South America (>120 + per 100,000) and one of the highest levels of gun-related violence in the world. While the late President Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, have downplayed the extent of the problem, the private press has used these fears to rally opposition to the Venezuelan government. This talk looks at the politics of security in Venezuela and it draws on eighteen months of ethnographic research with crime reporters in Caracas. Specifically, the role of journalists in the production of victims vis-a-vis the practice of denunciation will be described. During the talk it will be argued that press-fueled denunciations of crime are essential to understanding the politics of security in Caracas and the formation of populist-style victims’ movements in the Western Hemisphere.

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