Venezuelan police detain journalist for taking photos of subway station

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  • November 12, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Carlos Fuentes, an independent journalist and social communications student, was briefly detained by the police for photographing a group of people on the stairs at a Caracas Metro station, which he planned to post on Twitter, the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) and Noticias 24 report.

Flaws in subway station escalators have forced riders to use the regular stairs, a scene that Fuentes was covering for the Twitter account @caracasmetro, El Universal explains.

However, police officers saw him taking photos and forced him to erase the images. “You're one of those Twitter users that comes through here taking pictures, that’s why the Metro is like this,” they told him. The police help him for more than an hour, Fuentes said.

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.