Agents from the attorney general’s office brought Balza, a columnist for the Caracas-based daily El Nuevo País, before a judge on criminal defamation and slander charges.
The charges were brought by the Minister of Infrastructure Ramón Carrizalez. The attorney general’s office claimed Balza failed to appear for earlier scheduled court dates, but the journalist insisted that he had never received a summons. The Caracas Ninth Tribunal set an April 25 trial date.
Carrizalez sued Balza in early March after the journalist called him “unable and inept” in a column about the February collapse of a viaduct, Balza’s lawyer, Hugo Albarrán, told CPJ.
Venezuelan security forces on September 21, 2017, detained Dutch freelance journalist Bram Ebus for 18 hours while he was on a reporting trip in the country's southern mining district in Bolívar state, according to Carlos Correa, the director of Caracas free speech organization Espacio Público....
Venezuela regulator takes two international news stations off air
April 26, 2017 3:07 PM ET
Venezuela's state telecommunications regulator Conatel ordered two international news broadcasters-- El Tiempo from Colombia, and Todo Noticias from Argentina-- off the air on April 19, 2017, the broadcasters reported....