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Venezuela: Maduro Gov. Arrests Journalist Accused of Involvement with Power Cut

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, on Tuesday demanded the release of journalist Luis Carlos Diaz, whom President Nicolas Maduro’s government has reportedly accused of involvement with the country’s massive power outage.

The five-day blackout affecting parts of Caracas and other regions has sparked water and fuel shortages. Protest rallies have been held in several regions, while people desperate for food have also resorted to looting.

Venezuelan and Spanish national Diaz, who works for Union Radio News in Caracas, was held by intelligence agents on Monday, the CPJ quoted media reports as saying.

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