Venezuela Reporter Jailed At Demo Charged With Money Laundering

Venezuela reporter jailed at demo charged with money laundering

CARACAS, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -6th Sept,2016) - The Venezuelan authorities charged prominent journalist Braulio Jatar Alonso with money laundering Monday, although his family says he was arrested for releasing videos of a rowdy protest against President Nicolas Maduro.

Jatar, a Chilean-Venezuelan national, was one of around 30 people arrested after a protest on Friday in which an angry, pot-banging crowd surrounded the leftist president at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, blaming him for crippling food shortages.

Dozens of protesters were swept up in an ensuing crackdown, human rights groups said. All have now been released except Jatar, the director of the Venezuelan news website Reporte Confidencial.

The National Press Workers' Union condemned his arrest as "arbitrary" and "political." "Deprived of his freedom for reporting the news," Jatar's son wrote on Twitter.

"They won't muzzle us, and they won't muzzle Venezuela." Jatar will remain in custody at the local headquarters of the Venezuelan intelligence service, his website said. The journalist was arrested Saturday morning on his way to a radio station where he hosts a program, his family says.

The authorities have not explained their case against him. According to Jatar's family, police say he was arrested with a large amount of cash in his vehicle.