A woman walks out from the building of the National Commission of Telecommunications (CONATEL), in Caracas, Venezuela February 16, 2017

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Communications regulator Conatel took two channels off the air

Venezuela’s communications regulator Conatel has taken two Colombian tv channels off the air.

Caracol and RCN had been pulled in a single day in a transfer that the channels referred to as “censorship”.

Earlier this yr, CNN’s Spanish language channel was additionally stopped from broadcasting in Venezuela.

No cause was given for the transfer, however President Nicolás Maduro has accused Colombia and its chief of plotting in opposition to his authorities.

‘Campaign of censorship’

Commenting on the transfer, RCN mentioned that “the regime of Nicolás Maduro continues its campaign of censorship in opposition to Colombian media”.

The director of Caracol mentioned that whereas he had not been given an evidence by Conatel, he suspected that the transfer was associated to the protection the channel had given to the arrival of Luisa Ortega in Colombia.

Ms Ortega, who till not too long ago was Venezuela’s chief prosecutor, has turn into some of the outspoken critics of the Maduro authorities.

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Luisa Ortega has accused the president and key authorities figures of corruption

As soon as a agency authorities ally, she denounced attempts to strip the Venezuelan legislature of its powers.

She additionally mentioned that the creation of the constitutional meeting was unconstitutional, solely to be faraway from her submit by that very meeting in one among its first actions.

After her husband was accused of extortion, the couple fled to Colombia on 18 April, the place they had been provided asylum by President Juan Manuel Santos.

Ms Ortega and her husband have since travelled to Brazil, the place she spoke at a crime-fighting convention in Brasilia.

There, she accused President Maduro and senior officers in his authorities of corruption, which they’ve denied. President Maduro mentioned he would ask Interpol to arrest to couple.

The twists and turns of the story had been carefully adopted by Caracol TV and RCN.

‘Sowing hate’

President Maduro has been extremely essential of worldwide media organisations.

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President Maduro has been essential of worldwide media organisations

In a press convention on Tuesday, he mentioned that the BBC “has turn into the largest propaganda equipment for the army intervention” in Venezuela.

He additionally mentioned that it was “onerous to neutralise the mendacity energy of CNN, Fox Information and the BBC”.

“They’re sowing hate each day,” he mentioned.

After it was taken off the airwaves, Caracol TV mentioned that it regretted the choice taken by the Venezuelan authorities.

“Noticias Caracol has all the time carried out its journalistic work in an goal and truthful method and following rules that we contemplate basic: to supply journalism with context and listening to all factors of view,” the channel’s assertion mentioned.