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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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A woman holds a placard reading "We Want Water and Electricity" during a protest during a new power outage in Venezuela, at Fuerzas Armadas Avenue in Caracas on March 31, 2019. Venezuelan police detained reporter Danilo Gil while covering protests on March 30 in the town of Ciudad Ojeda, and charged him with resisting authority. (AFP/Federico Parra)

Venezuelan police detain reporter Danilo Gil while covering protests, charge him with resisting authority

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 posts on Twitter by NotiRedVe, local…

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Journalists cover the release of five colleagues briefly detained in Caracas in January. The number of arbitrary arrests of local and foreign journalists covering Venezuela's political and economic crisis is increasing. (AFP/Juan Barreto)

Venezuela’s intimidation tactics include arbitrary arrests, deportation

When Venezuelan military officials detained American freelancer Cody Weddle on March 11, the experience was both frightening and bizarre. Weddle said that agents put a hood over his head and pressed him to reveal sources he had never spoken with. They suggested the reporter was a member of the CIA and would be charged with…

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The near deserted newsroom of Caracas daily El Nacional, pictured in October. Like many Venezuelan outlets, several of its journalists are in exile to escape legal action and the deepening economic crisis. (AFP/Federico Parra)

Lawsuits and economic crisis drive Venezuela’s journalists into exile

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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A Reuters photojournalist runs as Venezuelan National Guard soldiers charge during a protest outside the Supreme Court in Caracas on March 31. Several journalists have been injured covering the unrest. (AP/Ariana Cubillos)

Journalists covering Venezuela protests harassed, attacked, and news websites blocked

New York, April 12, 2017–Venezuelan authorities should ensure that journalists can cover protests safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Several reporters have been detained, injured, or had equipment seized while covering ongoing protests over a Supreme Court ruling to strip the opposition-led National Assembly of its lawmaking powers, according to news reports and…

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Security forces and residents clash during a protest over food shortages in Caracas on June 2. Several journalists were attacked during the protest. (AFP/Juan Barreto)

Journalists attacked, equipment stolen during protests in Caracas

New York, June 3, 2016–Several journalists were attacked and some had equipment stolen while covering protests in Caracas Thursday, according to news outlets and a local freedom of expression group. Some of the journalists who were attacked said that the Venezuelan National Guard did not intervene to prevent the attacks and in one case, forced…

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Venezuelan editor sentenced to 4 years in prison for criminal defamation

Bogotá, Colombia, March 11, 2016–A Venezuelan judge today sentenced David Natera Febres, the editor of an independent newspaper that investigated corruption at a state-run mining company, to four years in prison for criminal defamation, according to news reports.

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Journalists gather in the press gallery of Venezuela's National Assembly, after a five-year ban was overturned. (AP/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela’s national assembly reopens to the press after five-year ban

When security guards opened the doors to Venezuela’s colonial-era National Assembly building last Wednesday, I was among the dozens of reporters who swarmed inside. Even though the day’s legislative session would not be called to order for another three hours, every seat in the press galley, located on the second-floor balcony overlooking the chamber, was…

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Venezuela suspends critical radio program

Bogotá, August 19, 2014–Venezuelan authorities should immediately reverse the suspension of a critical radio program that has been off the air since Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalists under fire covering protests in Venezuela

New York, February 20, 2014–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the wave of violence against and harassment and detentions of journalists covering protests in Venezuela in recent days and calls on authorities to ensure the press can work safely. The violations come amid nationwide protests that have left at least six dead and hundreds injured.…

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