A year has passed since the arbitrary detention of Jesús Medina Ezaine, a graphic reporter arrested by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), on August 29, 2018. Since then, his rights have been violated, the trial process delayed and those It is his jailers who have taken him to a punishment cell in which for many days he could not see the light.
The National Union of Press Workers (Sntp) demands the immediate release of Jesús Medina, kidnapped in the military prison of Ramo Verde, indicated by the alleged crime of instigating hatred and crouching, contemplated in the unconstitutional law against hate, said in a press release.
Medina’s preliminary hearing was deferred at least eight times; the prosecution had accused him in the presentation of the crimes of capital legitimation, association for crime and undue profit of the public administration. None could be sustained and in the preliminary hearing they only ratified the instigation of hate, a crime that silences and steals freedom from prisoners of conscience, who are persecuted to dissent and question Nicolás Maduro and his environment.
The Sntp demands from the Attorney General’s Office and the Directorate of Fundamental Rights, an urgent action to stop the chain of abuses of those who have
Medina victim for 365 days. There are no reasons to justify the arrest of this
reporter and less there are so that the right to due process is not guaranteed and your case can be dealt with in a timely manner.
A un año de injusta prisión en Ramo Verde, el #SNTP demanda una acción internacional que obligue a Maduro a liberar al reportero Jesús Medina #29Ago #LibertadParaJesúsMedina #PresoDeConciencia. Lea más ➝ https://bit.ly/2Hz3SVh
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At the same time, the Sntp calls for international solidarity and the action of governments and multilateral organizations to join the cry of protest for the arrest of Jesus Medina and, each from their spaces but assuming responsibility with freedom and democracy, force Maduro to free the reporter.
Details on Jesus Medina’s arrest
Medina was deprived of liberty at the Plaza Venezuela station of the Caracas Metro, after he made a report on the country’s hospital crisis. Two days later, the Control Court 13 decreed the deprivation of liberty and set the Ramo Verde military prison as its detention center.
Previously, Medina was disappeared in November 2017 after publishing some images of the Tocorón prison.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization and the Committee for the Protection of Journalists asked Maduro to “immediately withdraw from absurd charges” against Medina, a reporter
37 years old
“Imprisoning journalists and criminalizing journalism will not end the profound crisis that
it crosses Venezuela, nor will it hide it from the world ”, they added in the text.
According to Sntp records, so far in 2019, there have been at least 220 cases of violations against the rights to freedom of expression and information. From 2014 to the present, the cases total more than 2,200.
Medina is one of the two imprisoned communicators of the Maduro regime; Since August 12, the communicator Willmer Quintana has also been imprisoned in the town of San Juan de los Morros, in the Guárico state.