The Venezuelan authorities detained three international journalists on Wednesday, along with a driver who works for the Spanish news agency EFE, the company said, in the latest detention of reporters who covers reports related to the United States-backed efforts ousting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
According to Reuters news reports, Leonardo Munoz, Colombian photographer, was arrested along with his Venezuelan driver Jose Salas during covering reporting on grounds over the protest in the country by anti-government against Maduro and his government.
A few hours later, the intelligence officers arrested Gonzalo Domínguez Loeda, Spanish reporter, and Maureen Barriga Vargas, Colombian TV producer, at their hotel, EFE’s bureau chief in Caracas, Nelida Fernandez said.
The entire team has traveled to Venezuela from Bogota earlier in this month.
Following detention, Venezuelan authorities deported two Chilean reporters, who were arrested this week. Two French reporters had been detained while covering the turmoil and that the French embassy, since detention, was seeking their release, a French diplomatic source has said on Wednesday.
The source said, “Our Embassy has requested consular protection in accordance with the Vienna Convention and in particular the right of access.”
France on Wednesday said, Maduro has appeared not to be attentive with calls for new presidential elections and European foreign ministers would hold a discussion over next steps on Thursday at a meeting in Bucharest.