Editor: Venezuela government trying to silence us

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 10:34 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The editor and publisher of one Venezuela's last two nationally circulating opposition newspapers is accusing the leftist government of an unfounded bid to silence and intimidate it.

Miguel Henrique Otero said Monday that he doesn't understand how the chief prosecutor could announce via Twitter over the weekend that she was requesting that his bank accounts be frozen — without him even understanding what he has been accused of.

Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz's office says the move is related to a $3.5 million debt that Otero has with a former Caracas mayor who left a decade ago.

A lawyer for Otero says the debt doesn't even exist.

Press freedom activists predicted before President Nicolas Maduro's April election victory that if he won, he would soon crack down on opposition media.

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