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After a raid on his home, Sebin agents transferred David Natera to “give statements.” The reasons for the arrest are unknown.

Members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) of Venezuela raided this Monday in Puerto Ordaz the home of the director of the regional newspaper Caroní Mail, David natera, and subsequently arrested, denounced the newspaper itself.

“Three Sebin units are in front of the house of our director, David Natera, with a search warrant. We do not know the causes “Employees of the newspaper wrote on Twitter, which circulates in the Amazonian state of Bolívar (bordering Brazil) and is printed in Ciudad Guayana.

As detailed, Natera was alone in his house when the police officers arrived, who for about an hour did not authorize the entry of his lawyer, Eliézer Calzadilla.

Subsequently, the defender was allowed in for about five minutes, although he was not allowed to continue inside as he did not have a professional identification.

At the head of the operation was the chief commissioner of Sebin, César Sánchez, added the newspaper through the social network.

The raid lasted for two hours without the reasons being known at the moment.

Later, the agents took the director of the Correo del Caroní in their vehicles to “make statements“, a euphemism used by members of Sebin to detain journalists or political activists who are subsequently released after a few hours or are permanently imprisoned.

On July 31, officials from the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim) “arbitrarily” detained photojournalist William Urdaneta, also from the Correo del Caroní, as reported by the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP).

Urdaneta was arrested for several hours in Puerto Ordaz while taking photographs of the traffic on Guayana Avenue, as well as commercial activity, since in Bolívar state the quarantine had been radicalized at that time to stop COVID-19.

Last September, the NGO Espacio Público documented 49 violations of freedom of expression, of which the majority were due to intimidation, judicial harassment and threats.

Most of the victims were journalists (48%), the media (4%) and individuals (4%). The main aggressors were the security forces, state institutions and officials, according to data from Espacio Público.

In the first nine months of the year, Venezuela saw at least 796 violations of the right to information.

Source: EFE

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