ITN trio held in cri­sis-torn Venezuela

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A THREE-STRONG Bri­tish tele­vi­sion news crew film­ing in Venezuela were ar­rested and held by the coun­try’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vice.

ITN re­porter Dan Rivers, cam­era­man Barn­aby Green and pro­ducer Laura Sar­avia were de­tained at a bor­der cross­ing in the North-Western Zu­lia state on Fri­day – but have now been freed and have left the coun­try. They had been cov­er­ing the ex­o­dus of Venezue­lans to neigh­bour­ing Colom­bia fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the coun­try’s econ­omy.

Mr Green tweeted af­ter­wards: ‘Safely back in Colom­bia. Many thanks to ev­ery­one that has helped to­day.’

And Mr Rivers tweeted: ‘We have now been re­leased from Venezue­lan cus­tody – ex­hausted but oth­er­wise fine.’

Short­ages of food and medicine and fail­ing pub­lic ser­vices have re­sulted in 1.6 mil­lion Venezue­lans flee­ing since 2015, ac­cord­ing to the UN.

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