Here is an interesting portion of the letter to the press I linked in my original comment:
Even José Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch – a fierce critic of Venezuela – has said that "lack of renewal of the contract[broadcast license in Ecuador], per se, is not a free speech issue." Also rarely mentioned in U.S. reporting on the RCTV case is that the channel and its owner actively and openly supported the short-
lived coup d’etat against the democratically-elected government in 2002.
I think that ANY US-based organization can be corrupted or biased on certain issues. Human Rights Watch may be great on certain topics and certain regions, while not being so great on others. And many may receive favors, donations or access for favored causes by performing hit jobs on specific targets. I'm not saying HRW is doing this, but really, why is HRW a "fierce" critic of Venezuela while giving the US a pass for its mass surveillance?
The southern socialist experiments are very sensitive and fragile -- the US, over the past hundred years or so, has systematically robbed these people of their right to self-determination under the guise of "dollar diplomacy" and making these nations "safe" for United Fruit and other American conglomerates to basically own these nations by installing a tiny, corrupt oligarchy at the top and training and equipping the oligarch's armies to violently suppress the democratic/socialist aspirations of the people. If you haven't read the history of the "School of the Americas" then you can't know what goes on in Central and South America, to this day. So nations like Ecuador are basically under non-stop attack, both via threats of direct military coup as well as constant propaganda assault both from inside and outside the countries. This includes Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua and now also Argentina (because they defaulted on the western loans that were given to prior, corrupt military governments). When you watch this space you have to read EVERYTHING coming from the US media, including NGO's like HRW, with wary skepticism.
I'm not trying to claim these nations are perfect specimens of social democracy, but who the hell is? Oh, and this law that the intelligence service wants passed in Ecuador -- the UK already has such a law, so why isn't Buzzfeed reporting on that?