Newspaper intern threatened in Venezuela

An intern at the newspaper El Carabobeño received death threats from two individuals after covering a strike at a food factory in the city of Guacara, in the state of Carabobo, in central Venezuela, reported the Press and Society Institute (IPYS).

Kevin García, the intern, said that when he was interviewing workers, he saw the mayor of Guacara, Gerardo Sánchez, call aside two men to speak with them. Shortly thereafter, the same men approached him and said “if he continued writing about the city, he would be killed,” according to IFEX.

García specializes in reports about themes that impact citizens' quality of life, such as the bad state of streets, plazas and sports fields. City officials have complained about his work before.

The threats against García come just days after the shooting of another journalist from Carabobo.

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.