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May 17, 2009

CPJ urges Chávez to refrain from threatening the press

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías should refrain from making threatening statements and ensure the press is allowed to work without government interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Chávez accused private media outlets of destabilising democracy in comments earlier last week. During his weekly radio and TV programme "Aló, Presidente" on Sunday, Chávez said Venezuelan private media outlets were "inciting war" and "inciting hate and much more," according to local... MORE
March 25, 2009

Former police officer arrested in Venezuelan murder

On February13, 2009, Venezuelan authorities arrested Rafael Segundo Pérez, a former sergeant for the Carabobo police, in connection to the January 16 killing of journalist Orel Sambrano, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local news reports. Pérez is accused of working as a hired assassin and conspiring to commit a crime. Police Commissioner Robinson Castillo told reporters that authorities are investigating local businessman Walid Makled for masterminding the... MORE
January 22, 2009

Venezuelan journalist gunned down, possibly in connection with his coverage of drug cases

A Venezuelan journalist who recently reported on drug trafficking and corruption was shot to death on Friday in Valencia, a city in the north-central province of Carabobo, according to news reports and interviews, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. A motorcycle-riding assailant shot Orel Sambrano, left, director of the local political weekly ABC de la Semana and Radio América, around 3 p.m. on Friday outside a video store in Valencia, 150km west of Caracas, according to... MORE
September 15, 2008

Acquittal of Venezuelan drug baron in journalist's murder is "a victory for impunity"

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has called for a review of the trial of alleged regional drug baron Ceferino García, who was acquitted by a court in Maturín, in the northeastern Venezuelan state of Monagas, on August 28 of masterminding the murder of Mauro Marcano. A radio and newspaper journalist, Marcano was gunned down outside his Maturín home on September 1, 2004. "This verdict is a victory for impunity over justice and highlights the ability of drug traffickers to obtain protection from... MORE
June 19, 2008

RCTV anchor found dead in Caracas

Javier García, news anchor for the Caracas-based television station Radio Caracas Television Internacional (RCTV), was found dead in his Caracas apartment on Sunday. García, 37, was last seen by friends and family on Friday night, according to local and international news reports. On Sunday afternoon, García’s brother entered the anchor’s Caracas apartment and called the local fire department when he found the bedroom door locked, Wilfredo Rojas, commander of the local police, told reporters... MORE
June 4, 2008

Newspaper executive shot dead in Caracas

Unidentified gunmen killed Pierre Fould Gerges, vice president of the Caracas daily Reporte Diario de la Economía , on Monday following dozens of death threats against the paper’s senior administrative staff over the last year. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Tuesday that Venezuelan authorities must conduct a thorough investigation and determine whether Gerges’ killing was linked to his newspaper’s work. The killing occurred shortly after Gerges left the paper’s... MORE
May 29, 2008

Journalist detained for three weeks, reportedly beaten and mistreated

A journalist was beaten up and subjected to electrical shocks by officials of the Carabobo State Police in Venezuela after he was accused of damaging some furniture in the reception area of El Periódico newspaper and carrying a gun without a permit, according to the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS). On May 5, Fabián Chacón, legal representative of journalist Leocenis García, stated that his client had been beaten and subjected to electrical shocks by officials of the Carabobo State Police (... MORE
May 29, 2008

IAPA urges Venezuelan government to restore RCTV status as a broadcast channel

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has called on the government of Venezuela to allow for the restoration of on-air broadcasting by Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV). The channel's transmission equipment was seized after its shutdown on May 27 last year and this action would be "one way of beginning to re-establish freedom of the press in the country," the organisation declared in a statement on Thursday. IAPA President Earl Maucker, senior vice-president and editor of the Fort... MORE
August 2, 2007

Chávez fails to silence RCTV as court allows channel to remain on cable

Opposition-aligned Venezuelan TV channel RCTV has been allowed by the country's Supreme Court to remain on cable, just hours before a government-set deadline that could have removed it from the cable lineup. The Supreme Court of Justice said in a statement Wednesday that it suspended the telecommunications commission's order for Radio Caracas Television and other cable channels to register as national producers, a category that would require them to interrupt programming to carry some of... MORE
July 19, 2007

Venezuela wants to force cable and satellite TV stations to air its official broadcasts

The resumption of broadcasting by Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) on cable and satellite on 16 July 2007 has been followed by an announcement by information and communication minister William Lara that the law will amended to oblige pay-TV cable and satellite broadcasters to carry the same occasional government programming that terrestrial broadcasters are already obliged to transmit. The system of "cadenas" (obligatory simultaneous broadcasts) was established by the telecommunications law of... MORE