Rayma has been in trouble with authorities before for cartoons satirizing the Venezuelan leadership, which has become known for its punitive reactions to any kind of criticism from the media.
What follows is a re-post of our previous article from 2012 on the serious threats Rayma received after being accused of racism and elitism on the official State-controlled television channel.
Venezuelan columnist and cartoonist Rayma Suprani is rarely surprised by what she calls the dictatorial tendencies of the Chavez Regime. After all, Rayma is very aware that merely drawing President Hugo Chavez’s face can result in a 30-month prison sentence. But Rayma was shaken by unfounded accusations made by talk show host Mario Silva on the State-run television channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), and even more shaken by threatening tweets and emails from Chavez supporters after the program aired. Silva, the host of La Hojilla (The Razorblade), accused Rayma of being a hate-filled racist and elitist. The ensuing tweets and emails threatened her with violence, expulsion from Venezuela, and some even threatened her with death.
The accusations were in response to a March 14 cartoon by Rayma, below, that criticizes the government’s treatment of the homeless. The cartoon depicts a man inside a doghouse asking, “What housing plan?”