Miami Herald's South America bureau chief Jim Wyss was detained last night by Venezuelan government authorities. Wyss, who is based in Bogota, was just across the border in southwestern Venezuela reporting on the country's chronic food shortages when he was detained, the Herald reports.
"We are very concerned," said Herald executive editor Aminda Marqués Gonzalez. "There doesn't seem to be any basis for his detention and we're trying to figure out what's going on. We are asking that Jim Wyss be released immediately."
UPDATE: Wyss has been freed and is doing well. Read more about his release here.
Herald editors say they are working non-stop on his release.
Reporters from around the world have called for Wyss's release. Here are a few reactions from twitter:
The worst thing that happens to me when I write something I don't like is a tongue-lashing. @jimwyss puts his freedom on the line.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 8, 2013
— Andrea Torres (@miamicrime) November 8, 2013
— Danny Rivero (@TooMuchMe) November 8, 2013
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