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October 28, 2014

Venezuelan authorities block Grupo Infobae website again

Argentine news organisation Grupo Infobae has said that Venezuelan authorities have blocked access to an online platform the group created to circumvent a similar block on its main website less than three weeks ago. The group announced that it was setting up a new domain,, in the wake of authorities’ decision to block the domain, which it set up after Venezuelan media regulator CONATEL blocked the group’s main website,, on October 10 following its... MORE
August 21, 2014

Radio station suspended in Venezuela

Venezuelan telecommunications regulator CONATEL shut down a critical radio station on Tuesday after refusing to renew the station's expired transmission licence, according to news reports. The move follows CONATEL's suspension on Friday of a critical radio programme on another station. Officials from CONATEL arrived at the studio of Sensacional 94.7 FM , a popular radio station in Barinas, accompanied by National Guard troops, Althis Torrealba , owner of the station, told CPJ. The officials... MORE
August 20, 2014

Venezuela suspends critical radio programme

Venezuelan authorities should immediately reverse the suspension of a critical radio programme that has been off the air since Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Venezuelan telecommunications regulator CONATEL on Friday ordered the suspension of "Aquí entre tú y yo" (Between Us), a weekday news and opinion radio programme on the popular AM station Radio Caracas Radio , or RCR, according to news reports. The programme, which is harshly critical of the government, was... MORE
July 8, 2014

IFJ demands respect for journalists in Venezuela

The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), meeting in Brussels on 28 and 29 June, has demanded an end to attacks against journalists in Venezuela and called on the government and media companies in the country to ensure the printing and circulation of newspapers in the country is carried out. The IFJ Executive Committee has issued the following statement:- Considering: That so far this year , according to our affiliate, the National Union of Press Workers,... MORE
April 16, 2014

Journalists remain at risk as protests roil Venezuela

Fifty-two tonnes of newsprint has made its way to Venezuela on a journey that began in Cartagena, Colombia on April 1, and ended, 11 days later in the capital of Caracas. The newsprint was sent from an association of Colombian newspapers wanting to lend a hand to publications heavily affected by a paper shortage. “It’s an impressive gesture of solidarity,” said Miguel Enrique Otero, president of the daily El Nacional , who said his newspaper’s portion of the 33.4 tonnes of newsprint would allow... MORE
April 15, 2014

Venezuela: Investigation into security forces should take account of journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has hailed Sunday's announcement by the Venezuela prosecutor-general’s office that 97 members of the armed forces and police are to be investigated on suspicion of torture and mistreatment. The move comes after two months of impassioned street protests accompanied by constant clashes between protesters and security forces that have often been violent. Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities to ensure that attacks on journalists are fully taken into... MORE
April 15, 2014

Abductors release Venezuelan TV journalist

Nairobi Pinto , the Globovisión head of correspondants kidnapped by unidentified men on April 6, was released unharmed Monday. At a press conference a few minutes after her release, Pinto said she was not mistreated and thanked the local and international media for the publicity they gave to her abduction, which may have put pressure on her kidnappers. “Pinto’s release is a real relief,” said Camille Soulier , the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “We hope the investigation... MORE
April 9, 2014

Venzuelan TV journalist kidnapped three days ago, still missing

Venezuelan TV journalist Nairobi Pinto has been missing since April 6 when her sister saw two masked individuals kidnap her outside her home on the outskirts of Caracas, according to Reporters Without Borders . Pinto works for the TV news channel Globovisión as director of all its regional news bureaux. Her kidnappers have not contacted her family at any time since her abduction. “Journalists are on the front line at this particularly sensitive time in Venezuela, the victims of both police... MORE
March 27, 2014

Venezuelan journalists detained covering protests

Two Venezuelan journalists were briefly arrested and interrogated by National Guard troops in late March 2014, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting news reports. Dayana Méndez , an intern for the daily Notitarde newspaper in the city of Valencia, suffered slight injuries by buckshot in the left leg, arms, and back while she was covering a protest on March 20, 2014. The troops "insulted us, shot tear gas at us, and fired at us point blank even though we identified... MORE
February 21, 2014

Journalists under fire covering protests in Venezuela

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. The demonstrations began on February 12 by university students protesting the government of President Nicolás Maduro. "While it is crucial that both pro-government and... MORE