Journalist Jorge Ramos detained while interviewing Maduro

Clay Curtis
February 26, 2019

Univision later said their team had been released, but the Venezuelan government kept their camera equipment.

According to Univision spokesman Jose Zamora, Ramos and his team traveled to Caracas to interview Maduro.

Coronell said the group had been "arbitrarily detained" at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, the presidential palace in the country's capital.

It added that the crew's technical equipment was confiscated. "Rodriguez said Jorge Ramos called Maduro murderer and dictator several times".

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who has been actively following the events in Venezuela and attempting to shape US policy in the region, tweeted more details about the detention.

Univision is the leading Spanish-language television network in the United States, with millions of loyal viewers.

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Kimberly Breier, the Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, tweeted, "The State Department has received notification that the journalist and his team are detained against their will at the Miraflores Palace by Nicolás Maduro".

Univision also shared a photo of Ramos on the phone in his hotel room.

The Venezuelan government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Maduro's team has been scheduling interviews with American journalists.

ABC published excerpts from the interview on Monday evening.

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in the Colombian capital for an emergency summit of regional leaders to discuss the deepening crisis and immediately met with Guaido, who the USA and 50 other nations recognize as Venezuela's rightful leader.

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