Univision’s Jorge Ramos spoke out on Facebook late Monday after being detained for asking Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro challenging questions in an interview.
In a video posted on Facebook, Ramos said he asked Maduro if he could call him a president or a dictator “because millions of Venezuelans don’t consider him to be president.”
As the interview progressed, Ramos pressed Maduro on humans rights abuses in the country and the torture of political prisoners.
Ramos said he tried to show Maduro a video that he had taken of Venezuelans looking for food in a garbage truck, which Maduro did not want to see and tried to turn the off Ramos’ iPad.
After that video and Ramos’ line of questioning, he was “thrown out” of the presidential palace, and detained for about two hours.
The Venezuelan security forces forcibly took Ramos’ backpack and video equipment and gave Ramos and his a crew a choice to hand over their cellphones or their passports.
“We didn’t know what was going to happen,” Ramos said.
Ramos and his crew never got their equipment or interview footage back. He ended by saying he doesn’t think he’ll get his equipment or footage back, “They don’t want the world to see.”
Ramos’ detention came just hours after Maduro told ABC News that he supports a free press.