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Published On: Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro detains Jorge Ramos, Univision journalists, censors content

A team of Univision journalists, led by the network’s lead news anchor Jorge Ramos, were detained Monday at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela.

His producer Maria Martinez-Guzman joined CBSN to discuss what happened – check out the clip at the bottom.

The detainment followed an interview with embattled Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, the network said Monday. According to a press release from Univision News, “Ramos was conducting an interview with Maduro who became upset with the line of questioning and ordered the seizure of the video and Univision equipment, including TV and phones, as well as the detention of the journalists.”

“What triggered Maduro to just get up from the interview was when Jorge actually showed him video that was taken the day before of two young men who were eating from a garbage truck,” Martinez-Guzman told CBSN. “Up to the moment that Jorge showed him the video, [Maduro] had denied that was ever happening in Caracas.”

Less than an hour and a half later, Univision News chief Daniel Coronell tweeted that Ramos and his team had been released, though their equipment and material that Maduro did not like were confiscated.

Ramos called in to Univision shortly after he returned to his hotel Monday evening. He said Maduro detained the crew for more than two hours after Ramos asked him about “the lack of democracy, about the torture of political prisoners, about the humanitarian crisis.” Ramos also said Maduro didn’t like it when he referred to him as a dictator.

Martinez-Guzman said she got into an argument with Venezuelan officials at Miraflores.

“That they didn’t authorize this type of interview, to this day we don’t know what they meant,” she told CBSN. “I had got into an argument with the person who threw Jorge Ramos out of the room … I said you can’t treat us like that, we are free press, this is not how you treat the press. This is journalism.”

“For us the scariest moment: We were there among 15 [Venezuelan] security forces. It was a relatively small room … we refused to turn over our cellphones,” Martinez-Guzman said. “I was able to get a call out to our president of news and that’s why the ball started to get rolling so fast with the State Department.”

“We couldn’t see who approached us from behind … who took our backpacks … at that point it was the only time they asked for a woman to come so she could search me,” she explained. “She stuck her hand inside my bra, inside my pants, to make sure I didn’t have anything on me … to see if I had taken anything out of Miraflores.”

“What it tells me is that it’s a dictatorship,” Martinez-Guzman said. “Ramos ended the interview with the perfect phrase: ‘This is not a democracy … a dictator does what you [Maduro] were doing.”

Maria Martinez-Guzman

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