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Venezuela's Supreme Court orders La Patilla to pay US$5m in damages to Cabello

June 7, 2019 10:27 AM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, June 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Venezuelan Supreme Court's decision to order the independent news site La Patilla to pay US$5 million damages to a former vice-president as part of a civil defamation lawsuit, according to news reports....

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CPJ, Human Rights Watch call on Venezuela to release Jesús Medina

May 21, 2019 9:00 AM ET

New York, May 21, 2019--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release Jesús Medina, who they have arbitrarily imprisoned because of his reporting for nearly nine months, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Human Rights Watch said today....

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Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis

May 15, 2019 10:50 AM ET

A year after disputed national elections in Venezuela, and with access to information growing ever-scarcer, the country remains in a political and economic crisis. Conditions for the press have deteriorated further since January, when Juan Guaidó, the head of the opposition-led national assembly, declared himself interim president....

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Challenges facing journalists trying to cover latest violence in Venezuela

May 2, 2019 6:07 PM ET

The long-running political crisis in Venezuela escalated on April 30, 2019, after a civilian and military uprising was thwarted by the government of Nicolás Maduro, according to news reports. Opposition leaders Juan Guaidó and Leopoldo Lopez, accompanied by members of the armed forces, congregated on a highway in eastern...

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Venezuelan authorities restrict internet, block outlets amid unrest

May 1, 2019 6:07 PM ET

Miami, May 1, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Venezuelan authorities to refrain from restricting access to the internet, social media services, and news outlets in the country during widespread protests and political unrest....

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Journalist Luis Carlos Díaz released from detention, banned from leaving Venezuela

April 5, 2019 4:14 PM ET

Venezuelan authorities released radio journalist Luis Carlos Díaz on March 12, 2019, after detaining him for more than 24 hours, according to news reports....

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Uncertainty and risk for journalists stranded at Venezuelan border

April 4, 2019 4:07 PM ET

As Venezuela's political crisis deepens, and the country closes its border with Colombia following violent clashes in late February, CPJ's emergencies director, María Salazar Ferro traveled to the Colombian border city Cúcuta, with Luisa Isaza, head of protection for the Colombian press freedom group FLIP, and CPJ's Andes correspondent,...

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Venezuelan police detain reporter Danilo Gil while covering protests, charge him with resisting authority

April 4, 2019 11:30 AM ET

On March 30, 2019, police from Lagunillas, a municipality in Zulia state, beat and detained journalist Danilo Alberto Gil, a reporter for Venezuelan news outlet NotiRedVe--which operates on Twitter and Facebook--at around 9:30 a.m., while he was covering an opposition protest in the town of Ciudad Ojeda, according to...

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Venezuela's intimidation tactics include arbitrary arrests, deportation

March 29, 2019 12:43 PM ET

When Venezuelan military officials detained American freelancer Cody Weddle on March 11, the experience was both frightening and bizarre. Weddle said that agents put a hood over his head and pressed him to reveal sources he had never spoken with. They suggested the reporter was a member of the...

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Maduro's internet blackout stifles news of Venezuela crisis

March 18, 2019 3:14 PM ET

One of the world's biggest news stories on March 4 was the daring return to Venezuela of opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, who faced possible arrest by the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro. But most Venezuelans were unable to follow his homecoming....

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