The Venezuelan prosecutor's office is investigating opposition newspaper El Nacional for publishing on its front page a photo of a dozen dead, naked bodies in a morgue, reported the Associated Press and the Latin American Herald Tribune.
The attorney general's office opened the investigation after complaints were filed by a pro-Chavez student group, according to El Tiempo.
During the next week, legal action will be taken to consider the newspaper's criminal or administrative responsibilities, reported AFP.
El Nacional, critical of President Hugo Chavez, contended in a story that the photo was published to illustrate that the morgue was over-run with corpses because of an increase in violence.
Chavez claims that crime in fact is decreasing, according to Reuters.
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.