Venezuelan Journalists Flee After Receiving Threats

Four Venezuelan journalists have fled the country after being threatened and sued for reporting irregularities in food distribution companies linked to the Maduro government, reports El PAIS.

A CLAP food box (Source: Jamez42, CC BY-SA 4.0)Investigative journalists Alfredo Meza, Ewald Scharfenberg, Joseph Poliszuk and Roberto Deniz of Armando.info, recently published two reports on inflated food prices within the government food distribution system, Comités Locales de Abastecimiento y Producción (CLAP) at a time when the nation is coping with a food crisis. 

The two stories published in April and September of 2017 exposed the continued relationship the Maduro administration has with notorious Colombian businessman Alex Saab

Venezuela is importing food through a company called Group Grand Limited and is distributing it through the CLAP program which is designed to supply citizens with food that is unavailable in supermarkets. 

In 2016, the opposition-dominated National

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