International organization Reporters Without Borders Tuesday
condemned a court ruling banning Venezuelan media from disclosing
any details of the judicial investigation into the November
2004 murder of public prosecutor Danilo Anderson or mentioning
a key witness in the case.
"The Danilo Anderson case is fraught with political and media repercussions as two opposition journalists are accused of being among the instigators of the judge's murder and certain independent news media have questioned the credibility of Giovanny Vásquez, the prosecution witness against these two journalists," Reporters Without Borders said.
"We fear this 'obstruction of justice' procedure is a judicial device for the government to yet again settle some scores with the privately-owned media and at the same time subject them to state censorship," the press freedom organization added.
US / EU Actions
HUMAN RIGHTS In a communiqué issued by the Venezuelan Foreign Office, the government rebutted and labeled as "interventionist" the resolution issued by the European Parliament (EP) on December 18 on Venezuela.
US SANCTIONS The US government has meted out sanctions to 33 Venezuelan current and former government officers in the past six years, most of them linked with drug trafficking and human rights abuses.
HUMAN RIGHTS The European Parliament "categorically" condemned in a resolution political "persecution" in Venezuela, as well as "repression" against opposition parties.