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Four renowned journalists leave Venezuela due to defamation suit from businessman linked to Maduro government

Due to what they say is a lack of judicial and procedural guarantees, four prominent Venezuelan journalists who were criminally sued for continued aggravated defamation and aggravated injury (injuria), chose to leave Venezuela, according to the statement they sent to the national and foreign press. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist leaves country due to alleged threats received after publishing report about Tocorón prison

Venezuelan journalist Jesús Medina announced on Nov. 23 that he left his country due to threats against him and his family because of his work. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist who went missing after publishing report on irregularities in prison is found alive

Update (Nov. 7): Journalist Jesús Medina was found alive the night of Nov. 6 on a highway between Caracas and La Guaira. The journalist was semi naked and had suffered severe blows to his face and body, El Nacional reported.  Read more »


IAPA General Assembly condemned Venezuelan government’s numerous mechanisms of restriction and persecution against the press

For harassing, persecuting, censoring and establishing legal frameworks against Venezuelan journalists and media, the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the practices of the Nicolás Maduro’s government against the freedoms of the press and of expression. Read more »


Venezuelan journalists and media outlets censored and attacked during regional elections


By Paola Nalvarte and Teresa Mioli

Journalists were the targets of anti-press sentiment and actions from officials, security forces and citizens leading up to and during the Oct. 15 regional elections for 23 governorships in Venezuela. Read more »


International and local journalists released after being detained while reporting on prison in Venezuela

This story has been updated to include some comments from the journalists after their release.

Three journalists reporting at the infamous Tocorón prison in northern Venezuela were released Oct. 8 after being held by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB for its acronym in Spanish) for two days. Read more »


Organization renews demand for access to information law in Venezuela despite polarized political climate

Access to public information in Venezuela is a guarantee established in the country’s Constitution. However, in reality, if a journalist or citizen wants to know the salary of a public official or the amount of money spent during an electoral campaign, for example, the response in many cases will range from “we don’t know” to “we cannot respond.” Read more »


Venezuela blocks 2 Colombian television networks in new action against international media organizations

Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel for its acronym in Spanish) has kicked two Colombian networks off the air.

Caracol Televisión was removed at midnight on Aug. 23. RCN Televisión was initially taken off of most cable operators, but finally removed from DirecTV at 5:32 p.m. on Aug. 24, according to Noticias RCN. NTN24, which is part of RCN Televisión, was kicked off the air in Venezuela in 2014. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist freed after 7 weeks in military prison must appear before authorities every 30 days

Update (Aug. 25): Journalist and activist Carlos Julio Rojas was freed from a Venezuelan military prison on Aug. 24 after spending more than seven weeks in detention. At an Aug. 23 press conference, human rights defenders, journalists and civil society organizations called for international organizations to be allowed to monitor the conditions of political prisoners and specifically mentioned Rojas' case. Read more »


Argentine journalist Jorge Lanata barred from entering Venezuela ahead of Constituent Assembly vote

Well-known Argentine journalist Jorge Lanata was detained for eight hours and barred from entering Venezuela ahead of a controversial vote for a Constituent Assembly that will write a new constitution for the country. Read more »


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