(JORDAN) Press Freedom Report: Journalists calling out corruption muzzled by cybercrime laws as thousands of Jordanians find themselves in court for stating their positions on social media, leaving much of the media forced to self censure #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.04: A coffee stand in Ramtha District, 80km north of Amman, has suddenly become a mecca for activists and people wishing to show solidarity with its detained owner and his son, who is now running it….

#AceDailyNews says according to Arab News Sources Report: Jordanian journalists calling out corruption muzzled by cybercrime laws // Middle East Eye

Mohammed Ersan on Wed, 11/03/2021 – 12:05

Political activists outside detained owner Kameel al-Zoubi’s coffee stand in Ramtha District gather to buy drinks as a token of their support (MEE/Jahid Abu Baidar)

Kameel al-Zoubi was arrested on 24 October for posting on his Facebook page that the wife of Jordan‘s prime minister, Bisher Khasawneh, receives a salary of JD5,000 ($7,000) from an official agency: Khaswaneh had issued a complaint based on the country’s cybercrime law, stating to a court that Zoubi’s post was “hurtful to him morally and psychologically” and that “it also contained fake news”.

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On Sunday, political activists staged a sit-in in front of Marka prison to demand Zoubi’s release.

Zoubi is just one of hundreds of political activists, journalists and regular citizens who have found themselves in jail, or in front of a judge, for what they have posted on social media reflecting their political views.

The National Centre for Human Rights, a semi-governmental agency, stated in its annual report for 2020 that “the detention of individuals for what they express is continuing”.

The report, which was issued last week, said that “some of the detentions were carried out because of the right of expression on issues that have a direct bearing on the coronavirus”.
 
The continued detentions are based on Article 11 of the Cybercrime Law, under which an unprecedented 2,140 cases were brought in 2020, compared to 982 in 2019.

Article 11 of the 2015 law states that “anyone who on purpose posts or reposts statements or information on the internet, that include tort and slander, or the denigration of anyone, faces no less than three months in jail and a fine of no less than JD100 ($140) and not more than JD1,000 ($1,400).

Gagging those who want to speak out

Ahmad Hassan al-Zoubi, a satirical writer and distant relative of Kameel, told MEE: “There is abuse in the way the Cybercrime Law is applied to gag those who want to speak out.

“Before the law, I used to write a lot of criticism of corruption without any problem. Today I have to think: will this lead to my conviction if the case is brought in front of a judge?” says Ahmad, who has 19 cases against him, among them 14 based on the Cybercrime Law.

While Kameel remains in jail, his son Bassam keeps customers happy by providing them with hot coffee at the expense of his education (MEE/Mohammad Ersin)
While Kameel remains in jail, his son Bassam keeps customers happy by providing them with hot coffee at the expense of his education (MEE/Jahid Abu Baidar)

“Most cases against me are raised by government agencies. In those raised by non-government agencies I was vindicated.”

Zoubi says that Kameel has a right to raise the issue he did. “In Jordan, we have many stories in which sons, wives and other relatives of officials have become rich by using the offices of their relatives,” he said. 

“Maybe what Kameel wrote was not backed by documents but was it necessary to use such hard abusive use of power prior to the investigation?

“The barging into their shop by security forces was all done because this person is a political opponent of the prime minister.”

Defence order

Jordanian laws are full of vague statements on crimes such as “attempting to destroy the regime” or “causing friction between the components of the Jordanian people,” along with les majeste, meaning an offence against the dignity of the king.  

The flexibility in their interpretation has also contributed to the imprisonment of political activists, teachers and independent unionist activists, who have been sent to state security courts simply for stating their positions on social media, or carrying out a peaceful demonstration.

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Meanwhile, restrictions on freedom of expression have only increased since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Defence order No. 8, which was issued in April last year under Jordan’s state of emergency, prohibits “publishing, re-publishing, or circulating any news about the epidemic in order to terrify people or cause panic among them via media, telephone, or social media”. 

The order specifies penalties of up to three years in prison, a fine of JD3,000 ($4,200), or both.

Nidal Mansour, the founder of the Centre for the Defence and Protection of Journalists (CDPJ), told MEE: “Defence order number eight has increased punishments, including against whoever is accused of starting a rumour. 

“This has created unprecedented pressure on the media and forced many to think long and hard before publishing anything, especially if such information contradicts the official line in terms of the virus, the number of cases, and so on.”

The CDPJ has issued a report entitled “Restricted Media” in which Mansour wrote: “After years of direct intervention, the media has reorganised itself and the editorial teams (chief editors, managing editors, reporters and the newsdesk) are now doing all the heavy lifting work pre-publication, going through what will be published, in order to remove anything that they consider to be in contradiction to the government line and direction.”

‘Online patrols’

There are around 9.4 million internet users in Jordan, including 6.3 million with Facebook accounts.

In July, the government announced it was beginning “online patrols” to keep an eye on what was being published on social media. 

The patrols are made up of security personnel who monitor what is being written on social media, and then follow up with the authors if they feel a crime has been committed.

Facebook is used by many political opponents in Jordan, who find its live video stream a perfect tool for criticising the government and sometimes the king. 

The continuing deterioration of the economy has resulted in a spike in the use of live streams.

In recent months, the government has moved to cancel such coverage, including streams of protests by the teachers’ union, and demonstrations over the case of Prince Hamzeh and the Pandora documents. 

Jordan has also blocked the Clubhouse application.

Government review

King Abdullah II last month asked the government to study all convictions brought under the lese majeste code in order to provide a private pardon to many of those who had been convicted under the law.

Last week, the government also promised it would “review the Cybercrime Law” in a statement made by the new minister of media affairs and the government spokesman, Faisal Shboul.

Shboul told journalists on Thursday that “there is an initial government plan to review all the legislation that is regulating the work of the media in cooperation with the Jordan Press Association”. “This includes the cybercrime law,” he added.

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Khaled Khalifa, a lawyer specialising in cases involving printing and publication, including cybercrimes, told MEE: “There is a need for a full review of the Cybercrime Law.”

Khalifa has called for the replacement of the existing law with another law rather than amending it. 

He says that there were many issues that need to be addressed in any new law and many others need a totally new text.

“A review between what exists now in the Cybercrime Law and the telecommunications law is needed so that internet users and the media know what the limitations are of what they can do legally online,” he said.

‘War against journalists’

Nidal Salameh is a journalist who is still waiting for the result of a case brought against him by the government and some of its ministers. 

In a tweet he posted in 2020, Salameh called on the minister of interior to stop the heavy-handed treatment of teachers, whose protests had been violently broken up.

Salameh told MEE: “Using the law to suppress freedoms has become a sword against the necks of journalists who want to publish documented criticism. 

‘Using the law to suppress freedoms has become a sword against the necks of journalists who want to publish documented criticism’ 

– Nidal Salameh, journalist

“This is a war against journalists and activists, and it is necessary that all journalists unite and call for the abolishment of this law which is hampering efforts to expose corruption. 

“I was in jail for one month and five days on a case that was well documented and I was released thanks to a general amnesty. 

“This restriction is contrary to what the king had called for when he requested a joint effort to fight corruption.”

Jordanian parties have called for a demonstration against the government on 12 November after Friday prayers in front of the Husseini Mosque in Amman. 

Among their demands are the suspension of the Defence Law, including order No 8.

Meanwhile, Kameel remains in jail and his son Bassam keeps customers happy by providing them with hot coffee at the expense of his education.
 
Supporters know they can do little to help, but at least they buy the coffee as a token of support for his imprisoned father.Inside JordanAmman, JordanJordanian journalists calling out corruption muzzled by cybercrime lawsNews
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(BEIJING) Press Freedom Report: Harrasment and Attacks on Foreign Journalists in China casts a dark cloud over their on need for ‘world stage role’ in the Winter Olympics #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.02: Western journalists reported on these heroic efforts to save lives and shared the videos on Twitter. With similar intense floods occurring in Germany and Belgium, much of the foreign coverage of the Henan floods noted that they were a part of a worldwide pattern of intense and extreme flooding, most likely exacerbated by climate change….

#AceDailyNews says its not the latest weather and storm clouds that may cause a ‘dark cloud’ over Beijing’s up and coming 2022 Winter Olympics but their constant attacks on social media and press journalists that will scupper their want for ‘Global Stage Role’ showing the world what they want you to see but not the real unvarnished truth …..

H.K.Opinion: After promises during the 2008 Olympics, “[f]ew could have imagined the CCP stooping to the level of running campaigns against individual news reporters and outlets, resulting in harassment and death threats against foreign reporters,” writes William Nee.

by Guest Contributor09:00, 2 August 2021

By William Nee 

As the rains fell, videos of unimaginable devastation and heroic rescue efforts poured on to social media. In one video, a person sprinted through waist-deep water to save a child rapidly floating downstream. In another video, a group of people formed a human chain to cross the street despite fast-flowing currents, saving elderly people who might have died had they been alone.

But curiously, Western reporters on the ground in Henan experienced hostility, even as the Western media largely framed the floods within the context of factual descriptions of damage and climate change.

One reporter for Deutsche Welle, Mathias Boelinger, was encircled by a crowd as he reported from one of the worst hit parts of Zhengzhou. People in the crowd angrily told him to get out of China and accused him of spreading rumours. 

However, it turned out that the angry crowd thought Boelinger was Robin Brant, a BBC reporter. In March, Chinese Communist Party social media accounts and Chinese diplomats launched a large, coordinated social media campaign to discredit Brant and the BBC, after the BBC published a detailed report on extralegal detention in Xinjiang, which included firsthand allegations of rape by male camp guards.  LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Alice Su. Photo: Twitter Screenshot.

Ten men encircled this “Brant”, who was actually Boelinger, and blocked him from leaving the scene. The tense, and potentially violent, standoff was only defused when another journalist, Alice Su of the Los Angeles Times, clarified that Boelinger was not, in fact, Brant. 

A targeted campaign

However, subsequent posts by prominent nationalists on Weibo directed anger at both Boelinger and Su, calling them “anti-China” and “rumour-mongering attackers of China” and asking for them to be investigated. 

More importantly, the Weibo account of the Henan Communist Youth League, in a post that generated at least 6.2K likes, asked users to report Brant if they found him “creating rumours” in Henan.  One post said, “our group has 400 people right now…everybody is competing for the first kill!”

In other words, even though Brant was not on the scene, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) fueled a xenophobic social media campaign to incite locals, who were grieved and emotional after days of hardship and loss, to go on a witch-hunt and find a foreigner who was supposedly out to destroy the reputation of the city and of China. There were real death threats made.

But why did CCP outlets in Henan encourage suspicion of the foreign media right after the floods? 

On one level, it could be that local authorities simply wanted to limit critical reporting about the floods and about the authorities’ missteps. After all, it wasn’t just Boelinger and Su who experienced hostility at the scene. 

reporter on the scene from AP said he was reported to police. And a journalist from Al-Jazeera said crowds yelled at her when she started to film and that there were Weibo posts urging people not to be interviewed by foreign media outlets.BBC’s Robin Brant. Photo: BBC Screenshot.

But regardless, it is unlikely that these journalists would have experienced such hostility if it weren’t against a backdrop of the toxic campaign against the BBC and foreign media more generally. On almost any day, one can browse nationalist outlets like the Global Times or Guancha and see articles railing against the “Western media” and their allegedly biased coverage of China. It’s a theme that is also taken up by China’s assertive “Wolf Warrior” diplomats. 

Obviously, given China’s massive censorship system, repeating non-stop that the foreign media cannot be trusted is a clever tactic, since Beijing can effectively inoculate its population against the hard truths that may only be reported through the foreign press.  

The Western press can’t be trusted. It’s all lies. Move on.

While the discrediting of foreign media has been happening for years, the personal nature of the campaigns against particular foreign reporters is arguably new. But, sadly, these nationalist campaigns are part of a bigger pattern to silence diverse voices. 

In April, nationalist “Red Vs” helped in getting many prominent Chinese feminists banned on social media sites Weibo and Douban, and in June, many of the same nationalists targeted the WeChat accounts of LGBTQ university clubs

A shadow on the Beijing Olympics

The nexus of xenophobic and personalised social media campaigns targeting foreign journalists violates human rights. The right to freedom of expression encompasses the notion of a free press, the ability of journalist to report without harassment, and the right of a citizen to impart and receive information across national boundaries.Beijing Olympics. Photo: Wikimedia commons. 

Twenty years ago, in its bid for the Olympics, China promised that there would be “no restrictions on media reporting and movement of journalists up to and including the Olympic Games”. Optimists assumed that respect for freedom of expression would gradually grow in China. Pessimists thought reporting restrictions would continue.  

Few could have imagined the CCP stooping to the level of running campaigns against individual news reporters and outlets, resulting in harassment and death threats against foreign reporters.

It is long past time for China to respect the right to freedom of expression, and for foreign governments and the IOC to raise the alarm bells about the deteriorating situation that global journalists will find themselves in once again in just a few months, at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. 


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US condemns ‘harassment’ of foreign journalists in China

“The PRC government claims to welcome foreign media and support their work, but its actions tell a different story,” a US State Department spokesperson said.

H.K.F.P Report:

by AFP09:00, 31 July 2021″The PRC government claims to welcome foreign media and support their work, but its actions tell a different story,” a US State Department spokesperson said. 

The United States is “deeply concerned” over the harassment and intimidation of foreign correspondents covering deadly floods in China, a State Department spokesman said Thursday.

His remarks came less than 24 hours after Beijing accused the BBC of broadcasting “fake news” about last week’s devastating flooding in the central province of Henan, and as the British broadcaster said its journalists had been subjected to hostility. US Department of State headquarters. Photo: Wikicommons.

“The United States is deeply concerned with the increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation of US and other foreign journalists in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including foreign journalists covering the devastation and loss of life caused by recent floods in Henan,” State Department spokesman Ned Price in a statement.

“The PRC government claims to welcome foreign media and support their work, but its actions tell a different story,” Price said. 

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian had earlier on Thursday called the BBC a “Fake News Broadcasting Company” that has “attacked and smeared China, seriously deviating from journalistic standards.” 

The BBC has said its reporters covering the deluge had been subjected to online vitriol, while other outlets had been harassed on the ground in “attacks which continue to endanger foreign journalists.”BBC’s Robin Brand. Photo: BBC Screenshot.

The BBC reported on last week’s floods in the city of Zhengzhou which left 14 people dead and more than 500 commuters trapped when the city’s subway system flooded during rush hour just as sensitivity towards any negative portrayal of China mounts.

Reporters from AFP were forced by hostile Zhengzhou residents to delete footage and were surrounded by dozens of men while reporting on a submerged traffic tunnel.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Zhao refuted the US State Department criticism and accused Washington of “blatant double standards and hegemonic bullying”.

Zhao said the US had previously expelled Chinese journalists and imposed “discriminatory restrictions” on them and called for Washington to “reflect on itself and stop its constant attacks on China”.Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Zhao Lijian. File photo: China MFA.

Press freedom groups say the space for overseas reporters to operate in China is tightening, with journalists followed on the streets, suffering harassment online and refused visas. 

In his statement Thursday, Price urged China to not curtail press access to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. 

“We call on the PRC to act as a responsible nation hoping to welcome foreign media and the world for the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games,” his statement said.

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(AMSTERDAM) JUST IN: The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander on Wednesday condemned the attack on crime reporter Peter R. de Vries as an attack on democracy that had shocked him deeply #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.07: This is an attack on journalism, a cornerstone of our rule of law”, King Willem-Alexander told reporters during a state visit to Berlin: And as such it is an attack on our constitutional order.”

PRESS FREEDOM: Shooting of Dutch crime reporter attack on democracy, king says: De Vries, the best-known crime reporter in the Netherlands and winner of an international Emmy award for his work investigating the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, was shot on an Amsterdam street on Tuesday evening. read more

: July.07, 20219:23 AM BSTLast Updated 33 minutes ago

He was taken to a hospital, where he was fighting for his life, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said.

The Dutch royal house does not generally comment on individual incidents, so the king’s remarks were a sign of how de Vries is a hugely popular figure and a household name who has featured on television for decades.

Natalee Holloway’s mother Beth, who worked closely with De Vries on the investigation of her daughter’s disappearance, told Dutch broadcaster SBS she was “devastated” by the news of the attack.

“I am trying desperately to get through to his family”, she said. “I am shocked.”

The attack on De Vries also drew outrage throughout Europe.

“This is a crime against journalism and an attack on our values of democracy and rule of law,” European Council President Charles Michel said in a tweet.

“We will relentlessly continue to defend the freedom of the press.”

The president of the European Parliament David Sassoli said that the media was the backbone of democracy.

“Attacks against journalists are attacks against all of us,” he said.

Police said three suspects had been detained in the hours following the attack, including the possible shooter, but gave no further details.

Reporting by Bart Meijer, Toby Sterling and Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Angus MacSwan:

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(ETHIOPIA) Press Freedom Report: Ethiopian authorities should immediately release all recently arrested journalists and media workers, and ensure that authorities cease harassing members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.05: Officers detained the employees at the Federal Police Crime Investigation Center, have not brought them to court, and have not stated the reasons for their arrest, according to the family members, who had visited the employees in detention.

ETHIOPIA: Authorities have arrested at least 15 employees of 2 independent media outlets, about 1 p.m. on June 30, police raided the office of the independent broadcaster Awlo Media Center in Addis Ababa, the capital, and arrested at least 12 of its employees, according to news reports, the outlet’s lawyer Tadele Gebremedhin, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview, and two family members of the detainees, who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing safety concerns.

July 2, 2021 12:55 PM EDTPolice officers are seen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 19, 2021. Officers recently arrested more than a dozen employees of two media outlets in the city. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Separately, police arrested journalist Abebe Bayu yesterday and administrator Yayesew Shimelis today, both with the privately owned YouTube-based broadcaster Ethio Forum, according to Tadele, who is also representing them, those news reports, and Facebook posts by Ethio Forum.

The two journalists are also being held at the Federal Police Crime Investigation Center, Tadele said.

“Ethiopian authorities should immediately release all employees of Ethio Forum and the Awlo Media Center who were recently arrested in a brutal crackdown,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator. “Authorities’ brazen raid on the media center and the mass detention of its staff for undisclosed reasons, followed by the arrests of Abebe Bayu and Yayesew Shimelis, is alarming, and further evidence that authorities will go to any length to suppress information and criticism.”

The arrested Awlo Media Center employees include reporters Bekalu Alamrew, Fanuel Kinfu, Fana Negash, and Miherete Geberkirestos; camera operators Musse Hadra and Nebeyu Mikael; video editors Melkamfire Yemam and Fikerte Yensu; and at least four non-journalistic employees, including accountants, janitors, and technical staff, according to their lawyer.

Police also arrested Tewlde Taddesse, a lawyer with the media center, at his home, the employees’ family members said.

In May, Awlo Media Center registered with the Ethiopian Media Authority as an online media outlet, as required by new regulations in the country, according to a Facebook post by the authority.

Last week, unidentified men briefly abducted and attacked Abebe, and Ethio Forum announced that it would temporarily cease broadcasting, as CPJ documented at the time. Abede told CPJ in a phone interview following the incident that the men told him to stop criticizing the government, but did not cite any specific coverage prompting the attack.

Both the Awlo Media Center and Ethio Forum have recently covered the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, as well as other news topics, according to CPJ reporting and a review of their recent coverage.

CPJ called Jeylan Abdi, a federal police spokesperson, who said he had no information about the detentions and referred CPJ to the Federal Police Crime Investigation Center. CPJ called Nadew Alehgn, a spokesperson for the center, but he did not answer.

Jeylan later told the Addis Standard, “The journalists were not arrested because of their profession but rather due to their affiliation with a terrorist group which is banned by the parliament.”

Last year, police arrested Yayesew following his reporting on COVID-19, and arrested Bekalu for allegedly disseminating false news. Both journalists were later released on bail, according to news reports.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: July.05: 2021:

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` British Secret Services ` Threatened ‘ to ` Shut-Down ‘ the `Guardian ‘ as it was Publishing its Expose of US Surveillance ‘

#AceSecurityNews – LONDON – March 27 – British secret services threatened to shut down the Guardian newspaper as it was publishing its exposé of US massive surveillance based on Edward Snowden leaks.

The story was the most difficult piece of reporting the paper has ever done.

“We were threatened that we would be closed down. We were accused of endangering national security and people’s lives. It left us in a very difficult position,” Guardian deputy editor Paul Johnson told the Radiodays http://www.radiodayseurope.com/highlight/guardian%C2%B4s-inside-story-snowden-case Europe conference in Dublin.

A senior civil servant had told the paper’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, that the “prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the foreign secretary, the home secretary and the attorney general have got a problem with you,” Johnson said, as cited by the Irish Times.

The attitude of the British authorities was a sharp contrast to that of the Americans, he said.

In the US Snowden leaks led to a nationwide debate on surveillance and privacy while in the UK the authorities just assumed that national security trumps press freedom.

Read More: Press Freedom – RT News – http://on.rt.com/tyy7u1

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` Hong Kong’s `PressFreedom ‘ comes at a cost as `Editor’ is attacked with a Cleaver’

#AceWorldNews says that thousands have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against threats to press freedom in the city, days after a former newspaper editor was attacked with a cleaver.

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“`Venezuela’s Maduro requests talks with `US’ over over issues of `State & Press Freedom’ – Reports”

#AceWorldNews says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested an exchange of ambassadors with the United States on Friday, just days after he expelled three US diplomats from the country. Maduro called for talks with President Barack Obama’s administration during a Friday news conference that aired on state television.

“I call for a dialogue with you, Obama,” Maduro said. “You can designate [US Secretary of State John] Kerry or whoever you want to come to this dialogue and I will send my foreign minister … for this high-level meeting.” The US and Venezuela have not had resident ambassadors since 2010.

Amid demonstrations challenging his administration, Maduro has blamed the US for fomenting anti-government sentiment in Venezuela.

Opposition protests turned violent last week, as at least eight people have died amid the demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Maduro announced Thursday that his government will revoke or deny press credentials to seven CNN journalists for “war propaganda.”

Previous: THURSDAY – PRESS FREEDOM – REPORTS – BAN – CNN – JOURNALISTS

Venezuela has revoked or denied press credentials for seven CNN journalists working in the country for what President Nicolas Maduro called “war propaganda” amid coverage of anti-government protests.

Before the conditions on credentials were announced, Maduro said he would eject CNN from the country if it did not “rectify” its coverage amid a spike in the unrest that has gripped Venezuela. According to officials, at least eight people have been killed since demonstrations mounted by the opposition turned violent last week.

“They want to show the world that there is a civil war in Venezuela,” Maduro said of CNN in a televised speech on Thursday.

He added that CNN was not showing “the people working, studying, building the homeland.”

“I’ve asked the [information] minister to tell CNN we have started the administrative process to remove them from Venezuela if they don’t rectify [their behavior],” Maduro said during the speech aimed at supporters, according to Reuters. “Enough! I won’t accept war propaganda against Venezuela.”

The pro-government audience applauded, chanting “Fuera! Fuera!” (“Out! Out!”)

Read more at: RT http://on.rt.com/4nwhuf

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