US Reporter Detained in Venezuela: Reports

An American journalist who lives in Caracas, Venezuela and works for a South Florida TV station was detained at his home Wednesday, according to the National Union of Journalists, SNTP.

Cody Weddle, a freelance reporter who works for WPLG, was detained during a raid by military officials at his residence in Caracas, along with his assistant, Carlos Camacho, the organization tweeted.

Weddle, 28, has lived in Caracas since 2014 and has worked for WPLG, the Miami Herald, ABC, CBS and the Telegraph, the Herald reported.

In a statement, WPLG President E.R. Bert Medina said they are trying to figure out the whereabouts of Weddle.

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“We have been unable to confirm specific details but a witness at the time of the raid claims Cody was taken into custody and his equipment confiscated. We have been unable to reach Cody today and are obviously very concerned about him,” Medina’s statement read. “Cody has been dedicated and committed to telling the story in Venezuela to our viewers here in South Florida. The arrest of a journalist doing his job is outrageous and unacceptable.”

Weddle’s arrest comes a week after Univision journalist Jorge Ramos and his work team were detained and deported from Venezuela, after an interview with Nicolás Maduro.

“Completely unacceptable for @NicolasMaduro and his thugs to detain @WPLGLocal10’s Cody Weddle for reporting on the successful return of the legitimate Venezuelan President @jguaido,” Florida Se. Rick Scott tweeted. “He must be released immediately and the U.S. will not stand for this kind of intimidation!”