Hours after confirming CNN en español was taken off the air by the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) in Venezuela, the National Union of Press Workers announced the international network TV Azteca got the same treatment.
"It's been confirmed that TV Azteca has been taken off the air by Conatel, also as a censorship measure," said the National Union of Press Workers through its Twitter account.
TV Azteca joins CNN en español, which was censored for airing content that the Venezuelan government considered to be "aggressive."
"CNN en español's programming shows, clearly and perceptibly, content that presumably constitute aggressions that threaten the democratic peace and stability of Venezuela," the Conatel said.
The breaking point was the report "Pasaportes en la sombra" ("Passports in the shadows"), which unveiled a network of Venezuelan passport sales to citizens in countries in The Middle East in exchange for large sums of money.
The government then accused the international network of being "at the service of military political agencies in the US" and starting "a psicological war operation" against the country-
TV Azteca was censored for broadcasting the same documentary.
Now, the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) will write a letter of protest to Conatel to demand the return of both networks.
This is yet another case of censorship in the country, after El Comandante wasn't allowed to air on RCN, taking the Colombian news network NTN24 off the air and shutting down the broadcast TV network RCTV, among others.