Veteran Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Briefly Detained at Venezuelan Presidential Palace

Amid the increasingly dire situation in Venezuela, Univision's left-leaning anchor Jorge Ramos traveled into the rapidly imploding socialist country for an interview Monday with dictator Nicolas Maduro.

According to Daniel Coronell, chief news and digital officer, the press team were detained after Maduro "didn't like the questions" in their interview. The network said its equipment was also confiscated. After that, Maduro interrupted the interview and Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez went to Ramos and told him that the interview wasn't "authorized".

In another tweet, the U.S. Department of State confirmed the news, saying that the journalist and his team were "being held against their will" by Maduro.

Ramos called the episode a "violation" and said Maduro's aides still had the tapes: "They have stolen our work and are trying to keep what is happening from airing", he said. "They were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn't like the questions", Univision tweeted.

"Attention: A @Univision team, headed by @jorgeramosnews, is being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas", the network tweeted out on Monday evening.

Univision said the six-member crew had been held for nearly three hours in the presidential palace before being released. "The United States fully supports the efforts of Interim President Juan Guaidó to address the endemic corruption, human rights abuses, and violent repression that has become the hallmark of the illegitimate Maduro regime, and looks forward to the restoration of a democratically elected government for the people of Venezuela".

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"He just couldn't stand it", Ramos said of Maduro's reaction to the garbage-eating video.

Almost 300 were injured over the weekend as individuals, who were attempting to deliver the aid, clashed with Venezuela's National Guard and groups loyal to Maduro.

"They didn't give us a reason". He was forced into a room where they took his cell phone.

  • Rogelio Becker