Miami Herald Reporter Freed in Venezuela

The paper's Andean bureau chief was released after nearly 48 hours in custody.

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U.S. of “Enormous Assistance” Despite Frosty Relations

Venezuela released Miami Herald reporter Jim Wyss after nearly 48 hours in custody, the Miami Herald reported. World Editor John Yearwood, who went to Venezuela to help secure Wyss’ release, messaged Journal-isms from Caracas, “There’s no question that the release would not have happened this quickly without the help of many people, including some within the U.S. government.”

Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, the Herald’s executive editor, said she was looking forward to Wyss’ return home, the Herald reported.

Jim is safe and soon will be reunited with his loved ones,” she said. “We are grateful to everyone here and in Caracas who helped bring this matter to a close.”

Wyss tweeted soon after his release about 5 p.m. EST on Saturday, “A sincere thanks to everyone who helped win my speedy release and to the Venezuelan authorities who made it possible,” the Herald said.

“Wyss was detained near the Colombian border Thursday evening while reporting on Venezuela’s sputtering economy and upcoming municipal elections. Members of the National Guard in the Andean city of San Cristóbal, Táchira, apprehended Wyss after he solicited an interview with military officials,” Andrew Rosati reported for the Herald.

“Venezuelan authorities said Wyss was taken into custody because he did not have permission to report in the country. Wyss said he was flown Friday evening to the detention center in Caracas, where he was visited by a U.S. Embassy official.

“Wyss was in good spirits and quipped about tight living conditions in the room at the detention center he shared with eight other people.