Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is threatening to expel CNN from the country, calling the network’s coverage of deadly political protests “war propaganda,” Reuters reports:
Local television networks have provided almost no live coverage of the protests against Maduro, which began last month over a wide range of complaints including inflation, violent crime, corruption and shortages of basic products. As result, many opposition supporters have turned to CNN Espanol, available to some cable TV subscribers, which in recent days has been the only television to offer live broadcasts of opposition press conferences.
“I’ve asked the (information) minister to tell CNN we have started the administrative process to remove them from Venezuela if they don’t rectify (their behavior),” Maduro said on state TV. “Enough! I won’t accept war propaganda against Venezuela.”
A Colombia-based cable news channel, NTN24, was removed from Venezuelan cable lineups last week. NTN24 is one of several networks that provides programming to MundoFox, 21st Century Fox’s Spanish-language broadcast network. Meanwhile, Fusion’s Mariana Atencio continues to report from Caracas for the ABC/Univision newschannel.