Darvinson Rojas

VENEZUELA

DETAINED OVER A TWEET



Venezuelan freelance journalist Darvinson Rojas was arrested at his home on 21 March and was held for 12 days just for questioning the reliability of the government’s coronavirus figures in a tweet. His first court appearance was marred by irregularities including a failure to tell him what exactly he was alleged to have done. He was just told that he charged with “inciting hatred” and “public provocation.” Arbitrary arrests of journalists who criticize the Maduro government have increased since the start of the coronavirus crisis.