Venezuela

2019


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Venezuelan intelligence services raid, shutter news outlets Venepress and Telecaribe

December 20, 2019 9:55 AM ET

Bogotá, December 20, 2019 -- Venezuelan authorities must immediately allow local news outlets Telecaribe and Venepress to resume their work informing the public and cease their harassment of independent media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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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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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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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German freelancer Billy Six freed, leaves Venezuela after 4 months in prison

March 18, 2019 10:37 AM ET

New York, March 18, 2019 -- German freelance reporter Billy Six returned to Germany yesterday after spending almost four months in detention in Venezuela, according to news reports....

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Polish reporter Tomasz Surdel assaulted in Venezuela

March 15, 2019 4:34 PM ET

Miami, March 15, 2019 -- Venezuelan authorities should conduct an urgent and thorough investigation into the violent assault of reporter Tomasz Surdel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Venezuelan intelligence agents detain critical journalist

March 12, 2019 10:09 AM ET

Miami, March 12, 2019 -- Venezuelan authorities should immediately release radio journalist Luis Carlos Díaz, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Venezuelan counterintelligence agents detain U.S. freelancer, Venezuelan fixer

March 6, 2019 5:06 PM ET

Miami, March 6, 2019--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release a U.S. freelance journalist and a Venezuelan fixer who were detained after counterintelligence agents raided their homes this morning in Caracas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Venezuelan authorities must return equipment to Jorge Ramos, Univision crew

February 26, 2019 1:20 PM ET

Miami, February 26, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention yesterday of a Univision news team at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas and its expulsion today, and called on Venezuelan authorities to immediately return confiscated equipment....

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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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