Afrique Asie Europe Moyen-Orient Internet Nations unies
 
Venezuela6 July 2006

Two months of threats against TV programme host

Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the death threats received during the past two months by Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, the presenter of the programme “La Entrevista” (The Interview) on the privately-owned television station RCTV, and called on attorney-general Isaías Rodríguez to launch an immediate investigation with a view to ending them.

“We are aware of the controversy about Rodríguez’s programme, but you cannot make threats against a journalist just because you disagree with him,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hope the federal judicial authorities will not only give him the necessary protection but will also carry out a swift investigation and punish those responsible.”

Rodríguez has been getting death threats by phone and e-mail since May that are targeted at himself and the people around him. He said he has been followed and was approached on the street by someone brandishing a firearm. He has also been the target of demonstrations outside RCTV headquarters.

He now has bodyguards and he and the TV station’s lawyers are considering legal action.

A longtime critic of President Hugo Chávez’s government, Rodríguez hosts one of Venezuela’s most controversial TV programmes. According to the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), a local press freedom group, the threats against him began after he referred in his programme to an alleged case corruption involving a supreme court justice.



In this country
29 May - Venezuela
Open letter to President Hugo Chavez to protest about official hounding of Globovisión
20 February - Venezuela
Former policeman arrested on suspicion of participating in journalist’s murder
13 February - Venezuela
Constitutional vote held in climate of polarised media and surfeit of presidential speeches
15 January - Venezuela
Murder attempt against pro-Chávez journalist in Portuguesa state
2 January - Venezuela
New Year’s Day attack on TV station by radical pro-Chávez group

in the annual report
Venezuela - Annual Report 2008
Venezuela - Annual report 2007
Venezuela - Annual report 2006


reports
14 March 2008 - Cuba
No surrender by independent journalists, five years on from “black spring”
5 June 2007 - Venezuela
Closure of Radio Caracas Televisión consolidates media hegemony
22 May 2007 - Colombia
Paramilitary "black eagles" poised to swoop down on press
archives

Americas press releases
3 June - United States
President Obama urged to raise freedom of expression in his Cairo speech
27 May - Mexico
Crime reporter abducted and killed in Durango state
20 May - Cuba
Anyone can browse the Internet... unless they are Cuban
15 May - Cuba
Journalist gets three-year jail sentence
15 May - Colombia
Former intelligence officials leak list of news media and journalists whose phones were tapped

Americas archives
2009 archives
2008 archives
2007 archives
2006 archives
2005 archives
2004 archives
2003 archives
2002 archives
2001 archives
2000 archives

Sign the petitions
Cuba
Miguel Galván Gutiérrez
Cuba
Fabio Prieto Llorente
United States
Chauncey Bailey
A petition to Raúl Castro