Print By Victor Morton – The Washington Times – Updated: 8:29 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019 The Univision anchorman who frequently crossed swords with President Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign was detained while interviewing Venezuela’s socialist president. The network posted to Twitter on Monday evening that Jorge Ramos and the rest of his…
The network posted to Twitter on Monday evening that Jorge Ramos and the rest of his team are “being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas.”
According to Univision the Spanish-language reporters “were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn’t like the questions. Their technical equipment was also confiscated.”
Attention: A @Univision team, headed by @jorgeramosnews, is being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas. They were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn’t like the questions. Their technical equipment was also confiscated. https://t.co/c45tB0E4er
— Univision News (@UnivisionNews) February 26, 2019
Mr. Ramos, a dual citizen of Mexico and the U.S., was interviewing Mr. Maduro about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, which the socialist dictator blames on the U.S.
Erika Guevara-Rosas, the Americas director at Amnesty International, in a Spanish tweet translated by the Washington Times, called the Ramos detention “the most recent attack on freedom of expression, which happens daily to independent journalists” in Venezuela.
El periodista @jorgeramosnews y su equipo han sido retenidos en el Palacio de Miraflores, al parecer después de una entrevista con @NicolasMaduro. Este sería el más reciente atentado en contra de la libertad de expresión, lo que es el día a día de periodistas independientes 🇻🇪 https://t.co/72tNVwZzlc
— Erika Guevara-Rosas (@ErikaGuevaraR) February 26, 2019
@NicolasMaduro has detained a United States citizen & journalist @Univision anchor @jorgeramosnews & his news crew & seized their equipment because he didn’t like the questions he was being asked. https://t.co/MQdbzbvljl — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 26, 2019
Kimberly Breier, the assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, said the State Department had received the news and said “we insist on their immediate release; the world is watching.”
.@StateDept has received word the journalist @jorgeramosnews and his team are being held against their will at Miraflores Palace by Nicolas Maduro. We insist on their immediate release; the world is watching. #Venezuela
— Kimberly Breier (@WHAAsstSecty) February 26, 2019
Mr. Ramos is best known to U.S. viewers, especially Republicans, for a tense exchange in 2015 with Mr. Trump, then a long-shot presidential candidate.
At the Iowa press conference in August 2015, Mr. Ramos interrupted to ask Mr. Trump about his immigration proposals, prompting the candidate to tell him to “sit down” and “go back to Univision” because he hadn’t been called on. When Mr. Ramos refused, security removed him from the room, which Mr. Ramos said he “never expected.”
In a later interview with CNN, Mr. Ramos said reporters must be advocates on certain issues, but called being kicked out “the kind of thing that you see in dictatorships, but not in the United States of America.”
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