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German journalist released after four months in detention in Venezuela

Venezuelan officials released German journalist Billy Six on March 15 after he spent four months in detention.

However, Six must present himself before the court every 15 days and cannot speak about the case to the media, according to freedom of expression organization Espacio Público.

Detained since November 17, 2018, Six was being held in the headquarters for the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin, for its initials in Spanish) at the Helicoide. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist released from detention, charged with public incitement and prohibited from leaving country

Update (March 13): Venezuelan journalist Luis Carlos Díaz has been charged with public incitement, but was released from detention on the evening of March 12, according to freedom of expression organization Espacio Público.

He cannot leave the country and must appear before the courts every eight days, the organizaton added. Additionally, he is not allowed to talk publicly about the case. Read more »


U.S. journalist to be deported after detention by military counterintelligence in Venezuela

This post has been updated to report Weddle's release and deportation.

U.S. journalist Cody Weddle is expected to be deported from Caracas, Venezuela after nearly 12 hours in detention with military counterintelligence. Read more »


News sites in Venezuela report attacks on their servers and blocking of Twitter and SoundCloud

The blocking of news sites reporting on the ongoing social and political crisis in Venezuela continued as opposition leader Juan Guaidó returned to the country after a 10-day tour of the region seeking support to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro.

Guaidó's return was being covered live by news media critical of Maduro and watched by netizens on social networks and on video platforms such as YouTube. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist is accused in anti-terrorism court in his country after crossing border with Colombia

Venezuelan journalist Mario Peláez was released on March 3, four days after the National Guard detained him at the Colombia-Venezuela border and then handed him over to the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin, for its initials in Spanish), according to the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) of Venezuela. Read more »


Independent digital media are helping to regain the trust of the Venezuelan people, says journalist Laura Weffer

Latin music stars raised their voices to send a message of peace and reconciliation at the Venezuela Aid Live concert, held on Feb. 23 in the border city of Cúcuta, Colombia, one day before the planned date to bring humanitarian aid into Venezuelan territory. Read more »


Journalists working in Venezuela suffer detentions, attacks and blocking of internet sites as crisis worsens

As the sociopolitical crisis in Venezuela deepens and President Nicolás Maduro fights to remain in power, journalists in the country are targeted by assaults, detentions, thefts of their work material and blocking of their internet sites and television channels. Read more »


German journalist detained in Venezuela since November starts new hunger strike in prison

*This entry was updated at 19:21 on 02/06/2019 to include comments from the organization Espacio Público.

German journalist Billy Six, imprisoned in Venezuela since mid-November, began a new hunger strike on Feb. 3 and "demands his immediate release," according to the Venezuelan organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Venezuela detains at least ten foreign journalists in the last two weeks of January

*This note has been updated to add information about the detention of three additional journalists from news agency EFE and their driver, as well as two French journalists from channel TMC. Read more »


Venezuela leads Latin America with the most journalists jailed because of their work, according to CPJ

Three journalists in Venezuela and a blogger in Brazil are among at least 251 journalists jailed around the world in relation to their work. Read more »


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