Univision team deported from Venezuela after Maduro interview

Journalist Jorge Ramos speaks during an interview in Medellin Colombia 29 September 2017

Venezuela on Tuesday deported a team from USA television network Univision after anchor Jorge Ramos said authorities detained them at the presidential palace because President Nicolas Maduro was upset by their interview questions.

Calling into a Univision special report, Ramos said in Spanish he and five other employees of the American Spanish-language TV network had been freed after being arbitrarily detained by guards at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas for over two hours. The network said its equipment was also confiscated.

Later, Ramos shared details about the incident with Univision's fellow journalist Patricia Janiot and said that at one point, he and Univision VP Maria Martinez were taken to a room, which went suddenly dark and Miraflores security personnel forcefully removed their phones and backpacks.

"I think what has to happen right now, I think there are serious questions about the recent election", Sanders said.

Vice President Mike Pence joined regional leaders from the Lima Group of nations across Latin America and Canada earlier in the day in Bogotá, Columbia, to denounce the blocking of aid into Venezuela and announce new sanctions against Venezuelan regime leader Nicolas Maduro.

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Get push notifications with news, features and more. Univision spokesman Jose Zamora said Maduro objected to Ramos' questions.

BuzzFeed reported that Ramos called Maduro a "dictator" and "murderer" during the interview.

Venezuela's Government accuses the United States, which is openly pushing for Mr Maduro to step down, of attempting to orchestrate a coup. "And they are robbing us of our work".

Kimberly Breier, the assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, said the State Department had received the news and said "we insist on their immediate release; the world is watching".

"If this is happening to foreign journalists, imagine what happens to Venezuelans", Ramos told Janiot.

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