Digital journalist Luis Carlos Diaz is missing in Venezuela

Digital journalist Luis Carlos Diaz is missing in Venezuela

“Where is Luis Carlos?” Image of the public online campaign shared by Provea. In the image they indicate the last time he had been contacted and the last time he tweeted.

On the evening of March 11, political commentator Naky Soto and wife of Venezuelan journalist and media activist Luis Carlos Diaz tweeted that he had been missing for five hours. By the time this post was edited, eight hours had passed without clear information of his whereabouts:

Naky Soto@Naky

Estimados: perdí contacto con @LuisCarlos a las 5:30 de la tarde, cuando me dijo que venía a casa a descansar porque esta noche haría una jornada especial en @Unionradionet desde las 10:00 pm hasta las 5:00 am

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Dear everyone: I lost contact with @LuisCarlos at 5:30 this afternoon, when he told me he was coming home to rest because he was going to do a special broadcast at @Unionradionet from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am #DóndeEstáLuisCarlos

Naky Soto@Naky

El caso es que @LuisCarlos no llegó y no me preocupé porque asumí que prefirió aprovechar la electricidad y la conexión de @Unionradionet quedándose allá, pero hace media hora me llamaron para avisarme que lo estaban buscando porque no está en la emisora

Naky Soto@Naky

.@LuisCarlos anda en bicicleta, pero desde las 5:30 pm no sé nada sobre él y:
– no está en la emisora
– no está en casa
– no ha tuiteado
– no contesta llamadas
– no contesta SMS ni mensajes en WhatsApp

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@LuisCarlos is on his bike, but since 5:30 I’ve heard nothing from him and:
– he’s not at the radio station
– he’s not at hom
– he hasn’t tweeted
– he isn’t answering calls
– he isn’t answering SMS or WhatsApp messages
#DóndeEstáLuisCarlos

Other human rights and freedom of speech organizations joined the campaign through #DondeEstaLuisCarlos (Where is Luis Carlos?) which is, at the moment, trending topic in Venezuela.

Díaz is a journalist and human rights and freedom of speech advocate who is well known and highly appreciated in Venezuela and abroad for his commentary and criticism of the government of Nicolas Maduro. He has long worked with his wife, Naky Soto, producing web-based video and radio programs focused on politics and human rights in Venezuela. He has also worked as an educator and promoter of the creation of citizen media spaces and independent media projects.

Verónica A. Ifigenia@verocosmica

Para mí Luis Carlos es una pequeña lumbrera de información y redes en esta Venezuela tan caótica que nos tocó. Él ha logrado establecer vínculos con la sociedad (desde la crítica hasta espacios culturales)

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To me, Luis Carlos is a a brilliant person, well versed in information and networks in this chaotic Venezuela of ours. He has been able to make links with society (from criticism to cultural spaces) #WhereIsLuisCarlos.He has also been part of the Global Voices community for more than a decade.

Just a few days prior to his disappearance, the state-affiliated media program Con el Mazo Dando showed a video clip of a recent broadcast of Diaz. The program’s host, politician Diosdado Cabello, insinuated that Diaz had helped to orchestrate the nationwide power outage that had Venezuelans living in the dark for more than 24 hours on March 7 and 8.

There is no evidence to support this.

Espacio Público

@espaciopublico

| Desde las 5:30 pm se desconoce el paradero del periodista Luis Carlos Díaz (@LuisCarlos). Hace varios días fue acusado de “influencer fascistoide” a través de la cuenta de Twitter de “Con el mazo dando”.

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#DenounceEP Since 5:30 pm the whereabouts of journalist Luis Carlos Díaz are unknown. He was accused to be a “fascist-like influencer” through the Twitter account of “Con el mazo dando”.

Caracas Chronicles@CaracasChron

Our friend @LuisCarlos is one of the most visible faces of dissident journalism in Venezuela. A few days ago, Diosdado’s targeted LC with a tinfoil hat propaganda campaign linking him to “the US planned” nationwide blackout.

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As time without solid information continues to pass, The Union of Press Workers (in Spanish, the SNTP) joined the campaign started the search at the headquarters of the Intelligence Service (SEBIN):

SNTP@sntpvenezuela

| Siete horas han pasado desde que desapareció Luis Carlos Diaz, periodista de Unión Radio Noticias y activista de Ddhh. Estamos ahora en el Sebin del Helicoide y niegan tenerlo

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It’s been been seven hours since Luis Carlos Díaz has gone missing. [Díaz] is a journalist for Unión Radio Noticias and he’s a human rights activist. We’re at the SEBIN headquarters and they deny having him [in custody there] #WhereIsLuisCarlos

Journalist Vladimir Villegas, however, denounced that he had been detained by government forces:

Vladimir Villegas@Vladi_VillegasP

Se nos informa que el periodista Luis Carlos Diaz, de @Unionradionet, ha sido detenido por cuerpos de seguridad del Estado. Expresamos nuestra preocupación por su integridad física . Exigimos información cierta sobre su paradero y respeto a sus derecho humanos.

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We’ve been informed that @Unionradionet journalist Luis Carlos Díaz, has been detained by State’s security forces. We express our concern for his physical integrity. We demand any information of his whereabouts and respect for his human rights.

The Global Voices community stands in solidarity with Luis Carlos, his family, and all other independent journalists working to hold power to account in Venezuela. We wish for his safe and speedy return.

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