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Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos detained in Venezuela while interviewing dictator Nicolas Maduro

By: Rocio De La Fe` / Edited By: Paige Hubbard 

According to the network, Ramos was asking the tough questions and referred to Maduro as a dictator and a murderer several times. Maduro did not like the questions and ordered him to be detained. He has since been released but Maduro’s regime confiscated all of his and his team’s equipment including cameras that were recording the interview.

Jorge Ramos sat down with reporters after his release. Ramos said he asked Maduro about accusations that implied he is a dictator. He also said he asked about speculations surrounding one of his intelligence chiefs that were responsible for hundreds of deaths.

Ramos even mentioned asking Maduro about political prisoners in the country. Maduro stopped the interview after being shown a video of young Venezuelans eating from a garbage truck.

According to Ramos, the six-person team was held for more than two hours. He spoke briefly with reporters today at the airport while he and his colleagues were being deported out of Venezuela.

Univision Producer Ana Martinez said she and Ramos were subjected to invasive body searches by Maduro’s people, who also turned off the lights to take away their backpacks, cellphones, and equipment.

Venezuela’s socialist government has long had a tense relationship with Western media, which it largely considers hostile and have “imperialist” interests.

Short detentions and deportations have become common, especially as reporters facing delays for official permissions seek shortcuts to report in Venezuela.

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