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Venezuela Police Free Noted Journalist After Overnight Detention

  • Luis Carlos Diaz was detained while cycling home Monday
  • Diaz to appear in court every eight days, can’t leave country
Bolivarian National Police stand guard during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela.

Bolivarian National Police stand guard during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela.

Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg
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Journalist Luis Carlos Diaz was released late Tuesday after being detained a day earlier and held overnight by Venezuela’s intelligence police.

A top government official had accused Diaz of taking part in a plot to cause a nationwide blackout. The arrest is an escalation of President Nicolas Maduro’s attempts to silence and intimidate the press, which include the recent temporary detentions of Univision journalist Jorge Ramos and U.S. freelance reporter Cody Weddle, deported last week.