Venezuela: Authorities must release journalists detained while covering crisis

In response to reports of the detention of at least 11 journalists in Venezuela this week, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

“The detention of journalists is a flagrant and deeply concerning attack on freedom of expression and the right to truth, in a vain attempt to prevent the world from seeing the massive human rights violations that the Venezuelan authorities are committing.”

The detention of journalists is a flagrant and deeply concerning attack on freedom of expression and the right to truth
Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International

“A free press is fundamental for the defence of human rights in any country in the world. The Venezuelan authorities must guarantee that journalists are able to work in safe conditions without fear of reprisal, immediately order the unconditional release of all members of the press who remain in detention and refrain from deporting foreign journalists covering the ongoing protests and institutional crisis.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Duncan Tucker, duncan.tucker@amnesty.org