Venezuelan authorities must ensure safety of press

New York, March 6, 2013–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday’s attack on Carmen Andrea Rengifo, a correspondent for the Colombian TV station RCN, by crowds who had gathered in Caracas to mourn the death of President Hugo Chávez. CPJ calls on authorities to investigate the assault immediately.

“In this time of transition, Venezuelan authorities must ensure that the press can report the news safely,” said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. “In order for the Venezuelan public to be informed on key issues in the coming weeks, journalists must be able to work freely without fearing attack.”