Ban on violent photos in Venezuelan newspapers partially lifted

A Venezuelan court has partially revoked an earlier ruling that put a 30-day ban on photos depicting violence from being published in all newspapers, reported the Wall Street Journal and EFE.

On Thursday, Aug. 19, however, the court said the ban now only applies to the newspapers El Nacional and Tal Cual, which published controversial photos of dead bodies stacked in a Caracas morgue.

The Associated Press reported that the United Nations' freedom of expression investigator for the Human Rights Council, Frank La Rue, and Catalina Botero of the Organization of American States, called the injunction against violent photos "censorship."

Reporters Without Borders called the ban "broad and imprecise," reported the news agency AFP.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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