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Venezuelan judge reverses prior ruling, allows weekly 6to Poder to circulate



A judge in Caracas, Venezuela, lifted an injunction against the weekly 6to Poder prohibiting its publication and distribution, reported the Committee to Project Journalists. The publication had been closed since Aug. 20 after publishing a photo montage portraying high-ranking female government officials as cabaret dancers on the magazine's cover.

While the weekly was allowed to continue operations, 6to Poder's lawyer explained that the ruling still bans texts or images that "constitute an offense or insult against the reputation or respectability of public officials" or "degrading and offensive" images of women, reported El Universal.

Upon hearing the decision, the fugitive president of the weekly, Leocenis García, turned himself in to the authorities on Aug. 30, El Tiempo reported. The courts issued arrest warrants for García and the editor of 6to Poder, Dinorah Girón, for questioning regarding the cover. Girón was arrested on Aug. 21, accused of "instigating hate and public offense for reasons of gender." She was released on Aug. 23.

Many press organizations condemned the injunction against the magazine, including the National Journalists Union of Venezuela and the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA).



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