The Presidential Commission for Human Rights and Attention to Victims expresses its solidarity with the National College of Journalists (CNP) and the Union of Press Workers (SNTP) and strongly condemns the threats and intimidation campaign against press workers in the framework of the rally legitimately convened on November 16th by the President of the National Assembly and President (e) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó Márquez.
On Friday, November 15th, a video called “Reconocelos Pueblo” circulated through social media in which journalists Gregory Jaimes (Somos tu Voz), Mildred Manríquez (800 News), Antonieta La Rocca (VPI), Manuel Fajardo (VPI), Beatriz Adrián (Caracol Colombia), Fernando Tineo (Venepress) and Luis Gonzalo Pérez (NTN24) were openly stigmatized. In the aforementioned material, of unknown origin and which circulated via Whatsapp, these communication professionals are pointed out as generators of Fake News, the people are asked to look for them and they are disqualified by calling them “rats”.
On Saturday, November 16th, during the rally called by President Guaido, journalist Luis Hugas, openly linked to the ruling party, uploaded to his social networks images of the “opposition” journalists who were fullfilling their functions in the west of the capital city.
Faced with these serious facts, we demand guarantees for the exercise of journalism, which in turn is a guarantee of the right to work, freedom of expression and the right to be informed, all human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of HR of 1948.
Once again we alert the international community of what could happen to these and other press workers working within Venezuelan territory.
We demand the timely action of the competent bodies in order to put an end, once and for all, to the different forms of violence against the exercise of journalism in Venezuela, and to preserve the integrity of the workers of the press. All this illegal proceeding violates the informative balance and the right to be informed, in conclusion, attempts against democracy.