A team of American journalists led by Univision’s Jorge Ramos had their equipment and phones seized at Venezuela’s presidential palace after Nicolas Maduro abruptly ended an interview Monday.
Ramos is one of the most influential Spanish-speaking journalists in the US. He told The Associated Press late Monday that Maduro cut short the interview after 17 minutes when Ramos showed him on his iPad footage shot a day earlier of young Venezuelans eating food scraps out of the back of a garbage truck.
The Univision team left after two hours without having their equipment returned.
Venezuela’s government denied Ramos’ account and accused him of trying to stage an international incident after senior State Department officials and Senator Marco Rubio relayed reports on social media of what they called Ramos’ detention.