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Reporters from Spanish news agency arrested in Venezuela
01 February 2019 @ 19:46

THREE journalists and a driver from the Spanish news agency EFE are being held in custody in Venezuela after their apparently unmotivated arrest whilst covering street protests against ousted president Nicolás Maduro's régime.

Colombians Maurén Barriga Vargas (centre), a journalist, and Leonardo Muñoz (left), a photographer, along with the latter's driver, Venezuelan José Salas and Spanish journalist Gonzalo Domínguez Loeda were detained in the capital, Caracas, at the EFE office based there.

Members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) detained Gonzalo and Maurén at the EFE branch last night (Wednesday), and told them the other two had been arrested earlier by the Directorate of Military Counter-Intelligence (DGCIM).

Gonzalo and Maurén were escorted to their hotel to collect their belongings before being taken into custody and questioned.

Head of EFE in Caracas, Nélida Fernández, says she and the agency's lawyer are closely following the situation and attempting to clarify the arrest with Venezuelan authorities in order to secure their workers' release as soon as possible.



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