To access various news sources Tor has been used regularly by Venezuelans. After the government banned them from the country, Tor has been used to visit local outlets like El Nacional and international ones like CNN en Español too. But it seems like reading news will get harder because according to a report by human rights non-profit group Access Now, the largest ISP in the country, which just happened to be owned by the government, has blocked the software. Previously, people could simply change their DNS to access censored information online, but using Tor or VPN has become a necessity to get around the most recent bans.
Venezuelan journalist Melanio Escobar told Access Now:
“It seems that the government of Venezuela has found out how to do a very sophisticated block for the Tor network. It’s not only on the direct access channels, but also the bridges Tor provides to bypass that blocking. The government is moving forward to be as closed as China or Iran.”
After the government started squashing citizens right to information, Tor has become a crucial tool for activists and journalists. They could use the browser to read up on current affairs and info from someone else other than the government, as well as to go on social media platforms like Twitter, which blocked a bunch of Venezuelan government accounts last year.