Maduro Regime Holds and Robs Jorge Ramos in Miraflores Palace

April FrancisFeb 27, 2019

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, one of the most well-known journalists in Spanish-language television in the USA, said he and his crew were detained by the Venezuelan government Monday night after their interview with the country's embattled President Nicolás Maduro was abruptly ended.

Journalist Jorge Ramos and five members of his Univision crew were detained in Venezuela while there to interview embattled President Nicolás Maduro.

Univision also said the team's technical equipment was taken away.

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

Shortly before the town hall, Univision announced on Twitter that Ramos and the team working with him were "being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas".

The current civil strife and unrest in Venezuela has become both a humanitarian and diplomatic crisis, as the Trump administration has been publicly criticized the Maduro regime and has openly supported and recognized his political rival Juan Guaidó to replace him as Venezuelan leader.

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"The illegitimate Maduro regime's attempts to blockade worldwide aid intended for the Venezuelan people are shameful", said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement Monday. And they confiscated all of our cameras, all our video, all of our cell phones, and we were thrown out of the presidential palace. After displaying the video, the Univision anchor said Maduro walked off the interview and summoned his communications minister, who told Ramos the interview had not been authorized.

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.

Kimberly Breier, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Affairs tweeted the following statement on the Univision crew.

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

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