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CNN Officially off the Air in Venezuela after Maduro Decree

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Feb 15, 2017, 4:07 pm
CNN Officially off the Air in Venezuela
Venezuelan journalists close to the news network denounced that CNN would be off the air in the country governed by Nicolas Maduro. (CDN1)

EspañolCNN was taken off of the air in Venezuela this Wednesday, February 15 per President Nicolás Maduro decree.

Though the government body responsible for regulating communications and the media, Conatel, has not released a statement, Chancellor of the Republic Delcy Rodríguez said that she ordered action against the media outlet “in response to the damage” it caused in the country.

The expulsion was initially order February 13th by Nicolás Maduro, after it published a story about student access to food in schools.

Maduro said he wanted CNN out Venezuela this past Sunday following the report, which came as a follow-up to a question asked by one student regarding lack of food for students across the country.

CNN also reportedly published stories about the United States Department of Treasury’s sanctions against Vice President Tareck El Aissami for drug trafficking to the US and Mexico

In addition, CNN recently spread the news about the existence of an alleged network of Venezuelan passport sales to possible terrorists in exchange for economic compensation.

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Colombian Senate Leader under Fire for Trying to Censor Free Press

By: PanAm Post Staff - Feb 15, 2017, 3:51 pm
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EspañolOne Colombian journalist has Congress President Mauricio Lizcano in hot water. Guillermo Arturo Prieto La Rotta, also known as Pirry, said the congressman pressured local media outlet RCN into canceling a program because it was planning to publicize a report related to disputed land owned by his family. Journalist Diana Salinas, who is on Pirry's research team and was the first to go public with the information, said the program was cut because Senator Mauricio Lizcano discovered it involved the controversial land extension. Read More: Ecuador President Denies Corruption in Oil Sales to China Read More: US Sanctions Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami for Drug Trafficking  In an interview with W Radio, Salinas said Lizcano called RCN's directors with orders to refrain from airing Pirry's segment, as it would cause the congressman trouble. Salinas, in discovering this information, said she decided to resign and go public. While on W Radio, she revealed that Senator Lizcano's family bought land in Guamerú, Risaralda, where they are planning to build a service station. It was reportedly bought in an auction, despite being dispossessed when the previous owners disappeared on November, 3rd 1996 in response to threats from the guerrilla group EPL. Lizcano's response The senator insisted his family members bought the property in good faith and that his father did not find anything irregular in investigations involving the property's past. He also said that previously, the estate had belonged to a real estate agency, which posed no legal or financial concern. Lizcano claimed he has been trying to process the license for the service station for several years, so if influence peddling was taking place, he wouldn't have had to wait so long. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Lizcano also referred to Pacific Route 2 that goes past the property, saying that it was constructed long after he had acquired the land and that he was not aware that such infrastructure would be built. In addition, he said he had never made a call to RCN's managers and that he had only contacted the program after learning "the facts" and wanted to give his version of what had happened in connection with the land. Who warned Senator Lizcano? The senator said Councilor Carlos Mario Marin initially warned him of the TV segment, though Marin denied this claim. But Lizcano tweeted a conversation that his father and the councilman supposedly had in order to warn him about the situation. https://twitter.com/MauricioLizcano/status/831879026671226880 Semana magazine pointed out there were several sources claiming Senator Lizcano called RCN executives to request the program's cancellation. He said he told them to "remember the sugar favor," which is a reference to the sugary drinks tax that was not approved in Congress, in part because the owner of the network also owns the soft drinks company Postobon. Source: Revista Semana

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