Reggae artist defies government ban on violent images
|Venezuelan authorities are set to launch an investigation into a newly released music video called ‘Rotten Town’ by reggae artist Onechot that depicts the current state of violence in the country.
The video was released at a public event on 17 August 2010, only a few days after Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez had declared a month long ban on media’s use of violent images.
The ban came after the newspaper El Nacional front page had been marred by pictures of homicide victims in a local morgue.
According to El Nacional, Onechot (real name: Juan David Chacón) has tried to ensure the authorities that he had no intension of causing an anti-political statement, but rather to depict the social reality that ordinary people are facing on daily basis.
In the music video, a little boy playing in street is killed by a stray bullet. As the blood starts to drift from his body, the video depicts the blood drift through the streets and social layers of Caracas.
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