Weekly Report - 10 February 2022 (WR-22-06)

VENEZUELA: Outcry as leading newspaper’s headquarters handed to Cabello

“The consummation of the robbery of the century from independent journalism,” was how Jorge Canahuati, president of the US-based press watchdog Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) described the court-ordered transfer of national daily El Nacional’s headquarters to government strongman Diosdado Cabello, the vice president of Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV). The paper’s office was handed to Cabello on 7 February as part of US$13.2m in damages that El Nacional was ordered to pay in relation to a 2015 article in which Cabello was accused of drug trafficking.  

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