Two British journalists and an
Argentine were freed on Friday eight hours after being detained by the
Venezuelan military, the national press union (SNTP) said.
Argentine Laura Saravia along with British nationals Barney Green and Dan
Rivers were released after being held incommunicado, the SNTP said on
They were detained as they left the country after having been in
Venezuela for three days reporting on tourism, the union said earlier.
Three people hired as security by the journalists were arrested on
Wednesday, it said.
Several foreign journalists have been deported by Venezuelan authorities
in recent years for working in the country without the required permits.
Venezuela has attracted a great number of foreign journalists looking to
report on its economic and political crises during four years of recession
under President Nicolas Maduro.
Citizens face shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicines
and failing public services such as water, electricity and transport.
It has resulted in 1.6 million Venezuelans fleeing the country since 2015,
according to the United Nations.
Organizations such as SNTP have accused Maduro's government of violating
press freedom through the closure of media outlets, censorship and the
restriction of paper deliveries, which are monopolized by authorities.
For his part, Maduro has accused international media organizations of
being mouthpieces for a United States-backed campaign involving the
opposition to overthrow him.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)