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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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Slideshow: Covering protests in Venezuela

Coverage of street demonstrations is an exceptionally dangerous assignment, with journalists subject to assaults, obstruction, detention, raids, threats, censorship orders, and confiscation or destruction of equipment. This report is one in a series of three by Getty photographers who documented for CPJ their recent experiences covering protests and shared their photographs.

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Venezuelan journalists detained covering protests

Two Venezuelan journalists were briefly arrested and interrogated by National Guard troops in late March 2014, according to news reports. 

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