International Human Rights groups and free speech advocates have voiced concern over an alleged crackdown on dissent in the wake of protests. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists was especially critical about the government decision to cut the signal of a Colombian TV stations whose live coverage of the Wednesday protest aired in Venezuela. State regulators also allegedly blocked the posting of images on the social media site Twitter, TWTR +1.71% which has grown in importance as a source of information and organizing tool for opposition activists in recent years as sympathetic media outlets have been shuttered or bowed to government pressure.
A spokesperson for San Francisco-based Twitter, Inc said on Sunday that the blocks remain in place and that a message offering a workaround has been forwarded to users. Venezuela regulators denied interfering with the website.