Venezuelan Journalists Flee After Threats

Four Venezuelan journalists have fled the country after being threatened and sued for reporting irregularities in food distribution companies linked to the Maduro government, reports El PAIS. Investigative journalists Alfredo Meza, Ewald Scharfenberg, Joseph Poliszuk and Roberto Deniz of GIJN-member organization recently published two reports on inflated food prices within the government food distribution system at a time when the nation is coping with a food crisis. The stories exposed the continued relationship the Maduro administration has with notorious Colombian businessman Alex Saab. Following publication, the journalists were threatened. Saab accused the reporters of defamation and aggravated injury charges, which carry a prison sentence of one to six years.

Source: OCCRP

Posted on: February 8, 2018