CARACAS – Three journalists – two of them foreigners – detained during a working visit to a prison were released on Sunday after a court hearing, Venezuela’s SNTP media workers union said.
Jesus Medina, Filippo Rossi and Roberto Di Matteo were released without charges, the SNTP said on Twitter.
Rossi is a Swiss citizen and Di Matteo is Italian.
The three men were arrested Saturday by agents of the prisons ministry at Tocoron penitentiary in the north-central state of Aragua, where they went to do a news story.
The SNTP said that while Medina, Di Matteo and Rossi were detained on charges of bringing audio-visual recording equipment into the prison without authorization, the journalists complied fully with regulations.
Tocoron is among the penitentiaries that have yet to implement a new set of guidelines that the prisons ministry says are aimed at “pacifying” Venezuela’s notoriously violent jails.
Media outlets have reported that inmates at Tocoron direct kidnappings, protection rings and black-market activities from behind bars.