As the violent protests in Venezuela continue, that country’s government is cracking down on press freedoms and doing their best to prevent images of the chaos from escaping the country. Earlier this week, CNN reporter Karl Penhaul reported that his network has had “difficulty” covering the protests due to the government’s censorship. He revealed that his producer’s cameras were confiscated at gunpoint by plainclothes motorcyclists.
On Friday, Caracas took their clampdown on press freedoms one step further. In a surprise move, the government revoked CNN’s status as a news organization permitted to gather information in that country.
“CNN says Friday that four of its journalists were notified by the Information Ministry that they are no longer allowed to report in the country,” the Associated Press reported. “They include CNN en Espanol anchor Patricia Janiot.”
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro threatened on Thursday to expel CNN from Venezuela if it continues to report on the protests. He said that those reports were part of a coordinated effort to topple the country’s socialist government.
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