Venezuela cuts CNN in Spanish

Venezuela

The Venezuelan government Wednesday ordered cable providers to take CNN en Español off the air, days after CNN aired an investigation into the alleged fraudulent issuing of Venezuelan passports and visas.

On Thursday, CNN President Jeff Zucker criticized the Maduro government's move.

Within moments of the National Telecommunications Commission ordering "the immediate suspension of broadcasts by the news channel CNN in Spanish", the channel disappeared from screens.

CNN said the Maduro government was unfairly denying Venezuelans a 20-year news service they had enjoyed, but added that its signal would be available for free on YouTube.

He accused CNN of using the Venezuelan flag "framed in blood", the face of President Nicolás Maduro "covered in red" and the word "crisis", which he said occupied "50 percent of the screen" every time the channel dealt with the current situation in Venezuela.

About an hour later, Trump called for the release of prominent jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in a tweet, posing in a photo with Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori.

The Movement of Non Aligned Countries (NAM) has today rejected the U.S. Treasury Department " s sanction against Venezuela " s Vice President Tareck El Aissami, for alleged links to worldwide drug trafficking.

Mr El Aissami accused the United States of imperialist aggression.

Ties had already been rattled on Monday, when the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Maduro's powerful Vice President Tareck El Aissami and a businessman, whom US authorities accuse of being involved in drug trafficking.

Washington's actions also discouraged other countries and the OAS from actively coming out in defense of democracy in Venezuela, he emphasized. President Nicolas Maduro is furious at the black listing but appears not to want to provoke President Trump.

"Venezuela rejects the interference and aggression of U.S. President Donald Trump", she said.

In an address Wednesday, Maduro said he wanted to avoid confrontation with the Trump administration but warned that Trump should not repeat the mistakes of George Bush or the "Clinton-Obama clan".

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