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Venezuela's anti-hate law provides Maduro with another tool to intimidate the press

February 6, 2018 5:15 PM ET

In what journalists fear could be a taste of things to come, Venezuela's new anti-hate law was enforced for the first time against a news organization on January 30, when Yndira Lugo, the editor of Diario Región, was called before government agents for questioning....

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End of the print run for Venezuela's regional press as supplies dry up for critical outlets

December 27, 2017 10:00 AM ET

The lobby of El Carabobeño includes a display of vintage cameras, engraving plates and paper cutters from the 1930s when the newspaper was founded in Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. But now El Carabobeño's modern printing press could be added to the exhibit....

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Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

December 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana...

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Venezuela's new "anti-hate" law seeks to silence media

November 9, 2017 3:55 PM ET

New York, November 9, 2017-Venezuela's constituent assembly yesterday unanimously passed a law that mandates punishment including a prison sentence of up to 20 years for anyone who instigates hate or violence on the radio, television or via social media. The new law, the Anti-Hate Law for Tolerance and Peaceful...

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Venezuelan photographer goes missing following threats

November 6, 2017 6:04 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, November 6, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Venezuelan authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the disappearance of Jesús Medina Ezaine, a Venezuelan freelance photographer who went missing on November 4....

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Venezuelan security forces detain Dutch freelancer

October 4, 2017 10:09 AM ET

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....

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From power cuts to powerful threats, Venezuela's indigenous journalists face a series of challenges in their reporting

September 13, 2017 5:14 PM ET

Three twentysomethings huddle over a desk in a small room in Tucupita, a low-slung city of about 90,000 people that spills across the Orinoco river delta region in northeastern Venezuela. Far from the tear gas and street conflicts roiling cities including Caracas and Valencia, these journalists are focused on...

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Journalists detained, attacked, and threatened amid unrest in Venezuela

July 31, 2017 6:16 PM ET

New York, July 31, 2017--Venezuelan officials should stop harassing journalists and censoring media outlets amid unrest and violent protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Journalists covering yesterday's vote to elect representatives for a constituent assembly to reform the Venezuelan constitution were arbitrarily detained, attacked,...

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Venezuela Country Safety Page

June 15, 2017 6:25 PM ET

Updated November 9, 2017 As the political situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate, journalists covering protests have been routinely targeted, harassed, attacked, and detained. To provide concrete safety information for local and international journalists covering the unrest, CPJ's Emergencies Response Team is issuing periodic updates on the political situation...

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Venezuelan court fines news website $500,000 for 'moral damage' to politician

June 2, 2017 5:01 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, June 2, 2017--A Venezuelan court's ruling ordering a news website to pay the equivalent of nearly half a million U.S. dollars in damages for republishing an article about a politician threatens press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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