For the third time in less than two years, the Venezuelan Journalists' Association (CNP) will complain at the Washington-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) about the threats and attacks against freedom of expression.
William Echeverría, the president of CNP, said that it is necessary to keep denouncing systematically the attacks against media workers in Venezuela.
"The only way to fight impunity in cases such as the beating of journalists of the media outlet Cadena Capriles seven months ago, is resorting to the Inter-American mechanisms to defend our rights. It is unbelievable that the case related to (the attack against journalists of the news outlet) Cadena Capriles is shelved in the Attorney General Office," Echeverría added.
The president of the CNP said that on Tuesday morning the CNP would present the case together with NGOs Espacio Público, Sinergia, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Center for Human Rights of the Andrés Bello Catholic (UCAB) in a hearing before the IACHR commissioners.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."