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IAPA condemns Venezuelan regime's arrest order against journalist Sebastiana Barráez

"[...] The IAPA [Inter American Press Association] expressed its solidarity with journalist Sebastiana Barráez, of Infoabe, and 'rejected the arrest order from the regime of Nicolás Maduro that accuses her, along with other journalists and activists, of treason, terrorism and attempted murder against the president.' The IAPA said that 'the regime of Nicolás Maduro has […]

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Venezuelan Attorney General's Office requests arrest of journalist Sebastiana Barráez

"This Monday [Jan. 22], the Venezuelan regime's attorney general, Tarek William Saab, said that he requested new arrest warrants against Venezuelans suspected of a new alleged plan to overthrow Nicolás Maduro, as the president himself denounced days ago. Among the new requests are journalist Sebastiana Barráez, who works on the military beat, as well as […]

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Venezuela: 'Civic space at risk of disappearing', civil society organizations say

"We, the Alianza Regional por la Libre Expresión e Información, Civicus, IFEX-ALC and Voces del Sur (Southern Voices), call once again for rejection of a legislative initiative that would enable criminalisation of legitimate Venezuelan civil society activities and organisations. These organisations must be protected under the right to freedom of association, which represents a key […]

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Venezuelan journalist among winners of Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law 2023

"Venezuelan journalist and executive director of the Press and Society Institute of Venezuela (Ipys-Venezuela), Marianela Balbi, is one of the 12 people in the world to receive the 2023 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. The governments of Germany and France announced the list of those who will receive this award, […]

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Venezuela: Journalist detained while reporting on elections

"While covering the consultative referendum [in Venezuela], journalist Eduardo Viloria, of Diario de los Andes, was detained by members of the military of the Plan Republica [military deployment carried out during all electoral processes in Venezuela], who prevented him from doing his job. He was taken to the command of the National Bolivarian Police (PNB, […]

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Venezuela: El Carabobeño news site accuses blockade and NGOs denounce closure of radio station

"Digital news outlet El Carabobeño denounced on Friday, Nov. 24, that its webpage had been blocked by different national internet operators in Venezuela for at least three weeks. [...] Readers from different areas of the country reported that sometimes they can access El Carabobeño, but some other times they can't, while others only manage to […]

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'You have declared war on me': Governor of Trujillo, in Venezuela, threatens journalist

"The governor of Trujillo [Venezuela], Gerardo Márquez, threatened a journalist on Monday, Nov. 6, as reported by the National Union of Press Workers of Venezuela (SNTP, by its Spanish acronym). They shared on their social media an audio recording of a phone interview conducted by journalist and director of the Palpitar Trujillano news outlet, Andrés […]

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Organizations report intimidation of journalists during Venezuelan opposition’s presidential primaries

"The Press and Society Institute (IPYS, by its Spanish acronym) of Venezuela denounced the intimidation of journalists covering the country's opposition primary elections, held on Sunday, Oct. 22. The organization said on its X account (formerly Twitter) that journalist Karla Avila of the news outlet Qué Pasa en Venezuela, in  Bolívar state, was photographed by […]

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Venezuela: Journalist Roland Carreño and four other political prisoners released

"Political prisoner, journalist and Voluntad Popular activist, Roland Carreño, was released almost at midnight on Oct. 19, along with former congressman Juan Requesens and three other people detained for political reasons. [...] On Wednesday [Oct. 18] the United States lifted sanctions against Venezuelan oil, gas and gold, a temporary measure decided by the Treasury Department […]

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IMDI Hiperlocal Program offers training and support for media in Venezuela

The Consortium to Support Independent Journalism in the Region (CAPIR, by its Spanish acronym), an initiative of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), has launched the IMDI Hyperlocal Program, an initiative specially designed to encourage hyperlocal media in Venezuela. The program, estimated to last 10 weeks, will offer specialized mentoring and strategic training. […]