Luis Carlos Díaz

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People hold placards reading "Free Luis Carlos" outside the office of Venezuela's attorney general in Caracas on March 12, 2019. The journalist was released later on March 12. (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Journalist Luis Carlos Díaz released from detention, banned from leaving Venezuela

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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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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A photojournalist works in a Caracas hotel room during the third day of a massive power outage. Alongside power cuts, journalists must navigate internet blackouts imposed as Nicolás Maduro's government attempts to silence news of the opposition. (AFP/Juan Barreto)

Maduro’s internet blackout stifles news of Venezuela crisis

One of the world’s biggest news stories on March 4 was the daring return to Venezuela of opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, who faced possible arrest by the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro. But most Venezuelans were unable to follow his homecoming.

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A member of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service stands guard in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 16, 2018. Journalist Luis Carlos Díaz was recently detained by intelligence agents in Caracas. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Venezuelan intelligence agents detain critical journalist

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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