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The Activist Preparing for the Post-Maduro Corruption Battle

June 24, 2019

“Corruption in Venezuela kills.”

With that simple sentence, Mercedes de Freitas drives home the importance of her work in a country that is falling apart in a thousand different ways. As the head of Transparency International’s Venezuela chapter since its founding in 2004, the 58-year-old has exposed corruption in the military, the judiciary, at state-run oil company PDVSA and elsewhere – while defying a dictatorship determined to silence her.

Transparencia Venezuela’s work, and De Freitas herself, are banned from appearing on state media, so De Freitas has taken her message...

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