Telemundo journalist abducted, questioned in Venezuela covering detainment of Univision crew – NBC News

Telemundo journalist abducted, questioned in Venezuela covering detainment of Univision crew – NBC News

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By Elisha Fieldstadt

A Telemundo correspondent in Venezuela was abducted by armed men and questioned for hours as he tried to cover the detention the previous night of another group of journalists in the presidential palace, according to the network.

The Telemundo reporter, Daniel Garrido, was kidnapped early Tuesday by a group of unidentified men who “forced him into a vehicle and covered his head with a hood,” the network said in a statement. The men confiscated Garrido’s equipment and questioned him for six hours before freeing him. He was let go without any explanation and without his equipment, the statement said. (Telemundo is a division of NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.)

Telemundo journalist Daniel Garrido.Telemundo

Garrido was covering the detention on Monday of Univision journalist Jorge Ramos and his crew, who were held against their will at the Miraflores Palace, according to a State Department official.

According to Univision, the team of six were held because President Nicolás Maduro “didn’t like the questions.”

Ramos said on Univision afterward he had showed Maduro footage of Venezuelan children searching for food in a garbage truck when the interview was called off and the crew’s equipment and footage was seized.

The journalists were held for about two hours, spending some of that time in dark rooms, before they were released, Ramos said. Most of their equipment, including memory cards were taken from them, Ramos said, adding that he got his phone back, but it was wiped.

The team was expelled from Venezuela on Tuesday, Ramos said.

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos speaks to reporters in Miami on Tuesday.Maria Alejandra Cardona / Reuters

Maduro’s administration blamed the U.S. State Department for making up a “fake allegation with a show and spectacle.”

“At Miraflores hundreds of journalist have stopped by and received the decent treatment that we usually provide to those who come to do journalistic work and they have published the results of that work. We do not lend ourselves to cheap spectacles,” an administration statement said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned the detainment of the crew and called on Venezuelan authorities to return the team’s equipment.

“Nicolás Maduro and his security apparatus have no right to hold journalists, or their equipment, hostage — no matter how much they may dislike a line of questioning,” said CPJ’s Central and South America Coordinator Natalie Southwick in a statement.

The committee also said Tuesday that they were investigating the kidnapping of Garrido and were “deeply concerned.”

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Eladio Rodulfo González, quien  firma su producción periodística y de todo género con los dos apellidos, nació en el caserío Marabal, hoy en día parroquia homónima del Municipio Mariño del Estado Sucre, Venezuela, el 18 de febrero de 1935. Es licenciado en Periodismo, Poeta, Trabajador Social e Investigador Cultural. El 15 de abril de 1997 creó el Centro de Investigaciones Culturales Neoespartanas (CICUNE). Publica diariamente los Blogs: “Noticias de Nueva Esparta” y “Poemario de Eladio Rodulfo González”. Escribe en los portales poéticos Unión Hispanomundial de Escritores (UHE) Sociedad Venezolana de Arte Internacional (SVAI) y Poemas del Alma, de los cuales es miembro.