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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the political crisis in Venezuela

January 25, 2019 5:24 PM ET

UPDATED: This safety advisory was updated on February 20, 2019. In response to disputed election results, Venezuelans from both sides have taken to the streets in recent weeks, according to news reports. The crisis began following the inauguration of President Nicolás Maduro to his second term on January 10,...

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Raids, media shutdowns and internet disruptions amid Venezuela crisis

January 25, 2019 2:21 PM ET

Miami, January 25, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Venezuelan authorities to stop blocking news outlets and to ensure that access to the internet is available amid the country's political crisis and widespread protests....

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Venezuela denies entry to Danish freelance reporter

January 22, 2019 3:43 PM ET

On January 9, 2019, Venezuelan security agents detained Danish freelance reporter Kristoffer Toft when he tried to enter the country on a tourist visa at Maiquetía airport in La Guaira, in northern Venezuela, the reporter told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Officials interrogated Toft and conducted a Google search...

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CPJ joins letter expressing concern about proposed cyberspace law in Venezuela

January 18, 2019 12:38 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 30 regional and international rights organizations expressing concern about a proposed law in Venezuela that would expand the powers of the government to control and monitor internet use without institutional checks....

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Lawsuits and economic crisis drive Venezuela's journalists into exile

December 18, 2018 12:08 PM ET

When Ewald Scharfenberg, the founding editor of the Venezuelan investigative news website Armando.Info, holds editorial meetings, he pulls out his mobile phone. That's because most of his reporters are in Venezuela while Scharfenberg lives and works in neighboring Colombia....

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Venezuela's biggest daily, El Nacional, latest casualty of newsprint restrictions

December 17, 2018 4:23 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2018--Venezuela's biggest independent daily, El Nacional, printed its last edition on December 14, its editor and owner Miguel Henrique Otero announced. In an interview published in the paper, Otero, who manages the paper from self-imposed exile in Madrid, said that El Nacional would be available...

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Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

December 13, 2018 12:00 AM ET

For the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, suggesting the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer. A...

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CPJ alarmed by detention of German freelance reporter in Venezuela

November 29, 2018 2:17 PM ET

Miami, November 29, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over the detention in Venezuela of German freelance journalist Billy Six. Venezuelan counterintelligence agents detained Six in the northwestern state of Falcón on November 17, according to his parents and news reports....

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Venezuelan freelance photographer detained, sent to military prison

September 7, 2018 5:55 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2018--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against freelance photographer Jesus Medina Ezaine, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in the capital Caracas on August 31 ordered Medina to military prison; he was detained August 29 after working on a...

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Venezuela opens investigation into independent newspaper

May 24, 2018 5:37 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2018--The Venezuelan government should halt its investigation of a leading independent newspaper's website and allow it to publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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