Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Spanish-speaking anchor Jorge Ramos equipment seized at Maduro interview

Spanish-speaking anchor Jorge Ramos equipment seized at Maduro interview

The Univision network said six of its staffers, including veteran anchorman Jorge Ramos, were briefly detained at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday.

The Univision reporter Jorge Ramos was detained while interviewing Venezuela President Nicholas Maduro.

Technical equipment was also confiscated, Coronell said.

"This is a complete violation of the freedom of expression, a violation of human rights, a violation of the rights of all journalists", Ramos told his colleague and fellow anchor Patricia Janiot.

The network contacted the U.S. State Department.

Univision said the six-member crew had been held for nearly three hours in the presidential palace before being released.

Ramos offered a first-hand account of what happened, including that he showed Maduro a video he personally took the day earlier of young men eating from a garbage truck.

Maduro reportedly grew upset about 17 minutes into the interview, according to Ramos, when subjects were brought up like "the lack of democracy in Venezuela, the torture of political prisoners, about the humanitarian crisis that they are living".

"They don't want the interview to become public", Ramos told Janiot.

The Venezuelan government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The event was the first meeting for the Lima Group since a failed push to get US -donated aid into Venezuela.

Almost 300 were injured over the weekend as individuals, who were attempting to deliver the aid, clashed with Venezuela's National Guard and groups loyal to Maduro.

"They didn't give us our equipment, nor our material", he said.

"But before I left the palace, they took me into a security room with producer Maria Guzman, and they asked for our cell phones".

It is not the first time that foreign journalists have faced trouble in Venezuela.

"We insist on their immediate release; the world is watching", tweeted Kimberly Breier, assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs.

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