(EFE).- The press workers union of Venezuela, SNTP, said Monday that a team from Hispanic television channel Univision will be deported.

The Univision team had gone to Caracas to interview President Nicolas Maduro and was detained inside the presidential palace for two-and-a-half hours.

“It is confirmed that the #Univision team will be deported. Immigration authorities came to the hotel to notify that they would be taken to the airport early in the morning,” SNTP tweeted in Spanish.

It reported that the hotel where the team, led by reporter Jorge Ramos, was put up has been taken over by Venezuela’s SEBIN intelligence service.

According to the union, the team was escorted from the presidential palace in Miraflores to the hotel by SEBIN agents.

Univision news anchor Enrique Acevedo shared a video on Twitter of Ramos speaking from his hotel on being released from the presidential palace.

He and his team were detained for two-and-a-half hours after Maduro was displeased with their questions and a video he was shown.

“I asked him if I can call him either a president or a dictator because millions of Venezuelans do not consider him a president. Then we discussed the flood that happened here, May 2018; also the reports of torture and human rights abuses of political prisoners,” Ramos said in the video.

“And at the end, I showed him a video that I personally took last Sunday of three kids behind a trash truck, looking for food. And, he just couldn’t stand it. He did not want to continue the interview,” he added.

Ramos then said that after that the minister of communications, Jorge Rodriguez, said their interview was unauthorized and “confiscated all our cameras, all our video, all our cellphones.”

Ramos was accompanied by Maria Martinez, Claudia Rondon, Francisco Urreiztieta, Juan Carlos Guzman and Martin Guzman.

President of News for Univision Daniel Coronell said on Twitter that their team was being monitored by SEBIN at the hotel.

Acevedo also posted the video that Ramos showed Maduro, which depicted people eating out of a garbage truck and saying that Maduro had to be removed from power.

In the video, a young man who identified himself as Jesus said he was eating from rubbish for the first time in his life and, addressing the president, said he was useless.

However, this is not the first time reporters have been detained in Venezuela. In January, several press workers were detained, including four from EFE.

SNTP counted 40 aggressions by the state security forces against press workers in the month of January alone.

The government led by Maduro has repeatedly claimed that the press, particularly foreign media, carries out campaigns against it and spreads misinformation about the crisis in Venezuela.

Several local and foreign media entities have been taken off the air on the orders of the government for being critical of the administration, such as in the cases of CNN in Spanish in 2017, Colombia’s NTN24 in 2014, and RCN and Caracol in 2017.

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