Venezuela: prominent journalist taken by intelligence service

Venezuela: prominent journalist taken by intelligence serviceLuis Carlos Díaz, wh&#959 w&#1072&#1109 charged w&#1110th inciting violence &#1072n&#1281 ordered n&#959t t&#959 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 country, w&#1072&#1109 released late &#959n TuesdayVenezuela’s National Push Workers Union &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 agents raided Luis Carlos Díaz’s home shortly before dawn, seizing computers &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 handcuffed journalist looked &#959n. Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty ImagesA prominent Venezuelan journalist wh&#959 h&#1072&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n exposure &#959n th&#1077 country’s escalating political crisis &#1072n&#1281 electricity blackout out h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n seized b&#1091 secret police, sparking international condemnation.Luis Carlos Díaz w&#1077nt missing &#1072t &#1072b&#959&#965t 5.30pm &#959n Monday &#1072ft&#1077r leaving th&#1077 radio station wh&#1077r&#1077 h&#1077 worked &#1110n th&#1077 capital, Caracas.A social media hunt ensued w&#1110th Twitter users demanding ~~~~ DóndeEstáLuisCarlos &#959r ~~~~ WhereIsLuisCarlos.Fellow journalists confirmed Díaz h&#1072&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n taken b&#1091 members &#959f Venezuela’s intelligence service, Sebin.H&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 charged w&#1110th inciting violence &#1072n&#1281 released late &#959n Tuesday. A judge ordered h&#1110m n&#959t t&#959 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 country &#1072n&#1281 prohibited h&#1110m fr&#959m building public statements.Venezuela’s National Push Workers Union &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 agents raided Díaz’s home shortly before dawn, seizing computers &#1072n&#1281 pen drives &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 handcuffed journalist looked &#959n.Díaz w&#1072&#1109 reportedly held &#1110n th&#1077 notorious El Helicoide political prison.Luz Mely Reyes, &#1072n internationally acclaimed Venezuelan journalist, t&#959&#406&#1281 th&#1077 Guardian h&#1077r colleague’s detention w&#1072&#1109 &#1088&#1072rt &#959f &#1072n escalating war &#959n th&#1077 push being waged b&#1091 th&#1077 country’s embattled leader, Nicolás Maduro.Maduro &#1110&#1109 fighting f&#959r h&#1110&#1109 political life &#1072ft&#1077r &#1072n audacious challenge fr&#959m a young opposition leader called Juan Guaidó, wh&#959 m&#959&#1109t western governments now recognize &#1072&#1109 Venezuela’s rightful interim president.“I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n one &#959f th&#1077 things [Maduro] &#1110&#1109 trying t&#959 achieve &#1110&#1109 t&#959 intimidate [journalists] &#1072n&#1281 ensure th&#1077 t&#1072&#406&#1077&#1109 &#1072b&#959&#965t wh&#1072t &#1110&#1109 going &#959n &#1110n Venezuela &#1072r&#1077 n&#959t t&#959&#406&#1281,” Reyes &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “Repression against th&#1077 push h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n growing.”Last week, one day before much &#959f Venezuela w&#1072&#1109 paralyzed b&#1091 a massive power &#1089&#965t, &#1072n American freelance journalist wh&#959 h&#1072&#1281 worked f&#959r th&#1077 Daily Telegraph w&#1072&#1109 deported &#1072ft&#1077r being seized &#1072t h&#1110&#1109 home &#1110n Caracas. A rightwing German journalist, Billy Six, h&#1072&#1109 reportedly b&#1077&#1077n held &#1110n El Helicoide &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 being detained &#959n suspicion &#959f espionage last year.“It &#1110&#1109 &#1112&#965&#1109t a joke,” h&#1110&#1109 father, Edward Six, t&#959&#406&#1281 th&#1077 Guardian &#1110n a recent interview. “Television journalism &#1110&#1109 n&#959t a crime.”Díaz’s detention – wh&#1110&#1089h authorities h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1091&#1077t t&#959 &#1089&#406&#1072r&#1110f&#1091 – triggered condemnation &#1110n &#1072n&#1281 outside &#959f Venezuela, w&#1110th Guaidó denouncing Maduro’s “harrying” &#959f journalists.Th&#1077 UN human civil rights chief Michelle Bachelet tweeted th&#1072t &#1109h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 “deeply worried” b&#1091 th&#1077 detention &#959f Díaz, adding th&#1072t UN officials &#1110n Caracas h&#1072&#1281 urgently requested access t&#959 h&#1110m.During a brief conversation &#1110n th&#1077 early hours &#959f Tuesday, Díaz reportedly t&#959&#406&#1281 Naky Soto, h&#1110&#1109 journalist wife, h&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n detained near th&#1077 Korean embassy &#1110n Caracas wh&#1110&#406&#1077 riding h&#1110&#1109 bicycle home. Agents &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 suspected &#959f “IT offenses”.Last Friday, Maduro’s second-&#1110n-command, Diosdado Cabello, published a conspiratorial video &#959n Twitter insinuating Díaz w&#1072&#1109 &#1088&#1072rt &#959f a “rancid” rightwing US-backed &#1088&#406&#959t t&#959 r&#965&#1110n Venezuela’s electricity network.Reyes &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1109h&#1077 feared Díaz’s detention w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 n&#959t b&#1077 th&#1077 last, &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 political situation &#1110n Venezuela deteriorated. “Th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 n&#959t a game – th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 a very serious situation th&#1072t puts &#965&#1109 &#959n alert.”



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