Univision stated that President Nicolas Maduro didn't like the questions Ramos asked during an interview. Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell, preisident of News for Univision in the USA, confirmed via Twitter that Ramos and his team have been released after having their phones and equipment confiscated.
"This is an arrogant regime that feels invulnerable & is now acting with total impunity", Rubio tweeted in response to Ramos and his team's detainment. Venezuela's government denies Ramos' account and accuses him of trying to stage an global incident after senior State Department officials and Sen.
Shortly before the town hall, Univision announced on Twitter that Ramos and the team working with him were "being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas". Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, defended his decision not to condemn controversial Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro as a "dictator".
The U.S. and other nations have demanded Maduro step down and have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader.
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Venezuela's government has accused Washington of attempting to orchestrate a coup. "They were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn't like the questions", Univision tweeted. "And they're robbing us of our job".
Ramos called the episode a "violation" and said Maduro's aides still had the tapes: "They have stolen our work and are trying to keep what is happening from airing", he said.
Kimberly Breier, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Affairs tweeted the following statement on the Univision crew.
Even if the specific details make this incident more unusual, this latest aggression against a foreign correspondent isn't an exception, but just part of a long pattern of harassment that those who try to cover Venezuela (with some minor exceptions) suffer by the communicational hegemony.