A Univision news team, led by Jorge Ramos, was detained in Venezuela following an interview with embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the network said Monday.
In a statement posted on its Twitter account, Univision said that Ramos and his team “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.”
Kimberly Breier, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, elaborated by saying in a follow-up tweet, “We insist on their immediate release. The world is watching.”
According to a press release from Univision News, “Ramos was conducting an interview with Maduro who became upset with the line of questioning and ordered the seizure of the video and Univision equipment, including TV and phones, as well as the detention of the journalists.”
Univision confirmed that the team were “later released unharmed.”
Ramos said they were then interrogated in a dark room for more than two hours before being freed.
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