Journalists covering Venezuela tension face violence, obstructionCpj.org #Committee_ProtectJanuary 12, 2019
Bogotá, Colombia, October 27, 2016–Journalists trying to cover rising political tensions in Venezuela have been obstructed and have come under attack, including by Venezuelan security forces and immigration officials, according to press freedom groups and news reports .
In the western city of Mérida, Emmanuel Rivas, correspondent for the news website El Pitazo , was hit in the face , back and knee by birdshot fired by riot police, Espacio Público , a Venezuelan free expression organization, said in a press release .
Masked men hit Rubenis González, a journalist for the news website Versión Final in the western state of Zulia, on the head with a rock, according to the Caracas-based press freedom group, the Institute for Press and Society (IPYS).
Several foreign correspondents were unable to cover the protests.
Security forces on October 24 detained Matt Gutman, a correspondent for the U.S. television channel ABC News, while he reported on deteriorating conditions at a hospital in the central city of Valencia, according to news reports.
He was released yesterday.
He was released without incident,” ABC News confirmed in a statement this morning.
On Tuesday, four Peruvian journalists were stopped at Caracas’ international airport and denied entry to Venezuela, according to news reports .
Since 2012, foreign correspondents have been instructed to apply for press credentials with the Communications Ministry before traveling to Venezuela.
On August 31, six international correspondents, including CPJ’s Andes correspondent, were denied entry to Venezuela on the grounds that they lacked press credentials, CPJ reported at the time.