Venezuela / Americas

Members of the Bolivarian National Guard wearing face masks are seen in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 17, 2020. Journalists have recently been harassed and detained over their reporting on the virus. (AFP/Cristian Hernandez)

Venezuelan authorities arrest, threaten journalists reporting on COVID-19

On March 13, 2020, police in the Venezuelan city of Los Teques arrested Jesús Enrique Torres and Jesús Manuel Castillo, hosts of a news program on local privately owned radio broadcaster La Cima, after they posted a video to Facebook, where they sometimes publish their reporting, about alleged coronavirus cases at a local hospital, according…

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Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro scuffle with members of the media at the Simon Bolivar international airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela, on February 11, 2020. (Reuters/Manaure Quintero)

Pro-government groups attack reporters covering Juan Guaidó’s return to Venezuela

Miami, February 13, 2020 — Venezuelan authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate the violent attacks on journalists covering Juan Guaidó’s return to the country, and determine whether security forces were negligent in protecting journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A mosaic of late leader Hugo Chavez and President Nicolas Maduro is seen in Caracas, Venezuela, on December 19, 2019. Venezuelan authorities recently released freelance photojournalist Jesús Medina after 16 months of detention. (AP/Matias Delacroix)

Venezuelan photojournalist Jesús Medina released after 16 months in prison

New York, January 7, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release of Venezuelan freelance photojournalist Jesús Medina after more than 16 months of arbitrary detention, and called for Venezuelan authorities to drop all charges against him.

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A group of Venezuelan SEBIN security forces are seen in Caracas on May 16, 2018. SEBIN agents recently shut down two news outlets in a money laundering investigation. (AP/Fernando Llano)

Venezuelan intelligence services raid, shutter news outlets Venepress and Telecaribe

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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A woman fills a jerrycan with water at a pumping station in San Juan de los Morros, Guarico state, Venezuela on July 10, 2018. On July 18, 2019, a journalist was detained in San Juan de los Morros under Venezuela's anti-hate law for criticizing a local politician. (AFP/Federico Parra)

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

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 in Guárico state, according to a…

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Opposition supporters demonstrate outside the headquarters of the U.N. Development Programme during the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, in Caracas on June 21, 2019. Venezuelan journalist Braulio Jatar was conditionally released from house arrest on July 8, 2019, and barred from the leaving country. (AFP/Cristian Hernandez)

Venezuelan journalist Braulio Jatar conditionally released, barred from leaving country

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 Twitter account of his sister. As…

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Members of the Bolivarian National Guard prevent journalists from entering the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 18, 2019. Officers have blocked journalists' entry to the assembly building during its Tuesday debates since May 7. (AFP/Yuri Cortez)

Soldiers block press access to Venezuelan parliament

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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Former vice-president Diosdado Cabello, pictured during a National Constituent Assembly session in January. Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered La Patilla to pay Cabello US$5 million in damages. (AFP/Federico Parra)

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

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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Photojournalist Jesús Medina, who has been detained in Venezuela for nearly nine months. (Espacio Publico)

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

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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Members of the press and the Bolivarian National Guard, pictured outside the Federal Legislative Palace, in Caracas, on May 15, 2019. Local and international journalists say there are several challenges to covering the Venezuela crisis. (AFP/Ronaldo Schemidt)

Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis

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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