Venezuela jails German right-wing journalist for espionage
17 December 2018 | 8:51 am
A reporter known for his bylines in right-wing newspapers has been charged with spying and rebellion. Press freedom groups have called for his release, saying he has a right to report "regardless of his personal views."
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