Condemning the Venezuelan government for detaining Miami Herald reporter Jim Wyss, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called on the Organization of American States to investigate the incident as part of Venezuela’s press freedom violations.
Wyss returned to Miami Sunday, greeted by his girlfriend, well-wishers and media, according to the Miami Herald.
Rubio issued the following statement:
“The Venezuelan government is a chronic violator of press freedom that must be held accountable. Jim Wyss is now safely home in the United States, but he should never have been detained in the first place.
“Venezuela has routinely violated the Inter-American Democratic Charter to which it is a signatory, and the OAS has a responsibility to hold them accountable for it. The OAS should begin an official investigation into Jim Wyss’s case, and make clear to all journalists in Venezuela and across the western hemisphere that any government that impedes their work will have to answer for it.
“At the end of the day, Venezuela’s inept leaders are responsible for the country’s rotten economy, rampant corruption and its dubious distinction as one of the murder capitals of the Americas. Journalists simply inform the world about what’s going on, and we should demand that they be able to work freely and safely everywhere.
According to the Miami Herald, “Wyss was detained near the Colombian border Thursday evening while working on a story about contraband, as well as Venezuela’s sputtering economy and upcoming municipal elections,” after he tried to interview military officials.
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