With the expulsion of the teams of VTV and TeleSUR, the de facto government of Honduras has expanded the media siege in that Central American country.
Early this morning the team from state channel Venezolana de Television (VTV) arrived at Simon Bolivar International Airport along with journalists and cameramen from the multinational television network TeleSUR. The journalists were expelled by security forces by order of the de facto government installed in Honduras.
At approximately 23:00 local time (4:10 GMT), the members of the VTV team arrived at the airport that serves the city of Caracas.
Upon his arrival, reporter Eduardo Silvera stated that since the coup d’etat perpetrated June 28 against the constitutional president, Manuel Zelaya, in Honduras, “they do not respect the international press and there are many realities that they do not want show.”
He added that when the de facto Honduran authorities kidnapped him, they said sarcastically that he was suffering this hardship thanks to Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.
Silvera asserted that members of the TeleSUR team, who were also subject to abuse by the de facto police force, had to leave Honduras via the border with Nicaragua, escorted by a delegation from the Organization of American States (OAS).
TeleSUR, VTV, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / July 13, 2009