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Venezuelan authorities detain Wilmer Quintana for Facebook posts under anti-hate law

August 12, 2019 4:43 PM ET

Miami, August 12, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm at the use of Venezuela’s Anti-Hate Law for Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence to jail journalist Wilmer Quintana García. Quintana was arrested for several posts published on his personal Facebook page alleging corruption in the provision of public services...

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Venezuelan journalist Braulio Jatar conditionally released, barred from leaving country

July 8, 2019 5:45 PM ET

Miami, July 8, 2019--Venezuelan online and radio journalist Braulio Jatar was formally released from house arrest today after receiving official notification from a criminal court in his home state of Nueva Esparta, according to local media and a statement Jatar gave to media outlets, which was posted on the...

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Soldiers block press access to Venezuelan parliament

June 25, 2019 12:55 PM ET

Since May 7, 2019, the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard has blocked journalists from accessing the National Assembly, the country's legislature, during the body's debates and activities held every Tuesday, according to news reports and local rights organizations....

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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 a decision by the Venezuelan Supreme Court, which according to news reports ordered the independent news site La Patilla to pay US$5 million damages to a former vice-president as part of a civil defamation lawsuit....

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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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