UPDATE 3/6/19 8:18 P.M. — Executives at a Miami TV station say their correspondent based in Venezuela has been freed from custody hours after security forces seized him at his apartment.
ABC affiliate WPLG reported Wednesday that freelance journalist Cody Weddle was at the airport outside Caracas waiting for a flight to the United States.
Weddle’s detention came the same day that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of Germany’s ambassador after the envoy expressed support for Guaido.
Virginia-born Weddle has worked as a journalist in Venezuela for more than four years. It’s unclear why officials detained him.
Senior Venezuelan officials would not comment on the case.
ROANOKE, Va. (WJHL & WFXR) — A journalist who is a Southwest Virginia native has been detained in Venezuela.
Cody Weddle is a 2008 graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia, southwest of Roanoke.
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine released a statement on Weddle’s detainment on Wednesday:
“My office has been in touch with the State Department regarding the detainment of Cody Weddle – a Virginian and journalist. The Venezuelan regime must release Mr. Weddle immediately. The United States needs to speak out forcefully against the targeting of journalists by Maduro and other authoritarian leaders around the world.”
Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith also released a statement:
“It is unacceptable for Nicolas Maduro to detain Cody Weddle, an American citizen and a journalist, reporting to the world on what is happening in Venezuela. This action must not stand, and I demand Cody’s immediate and safe release.”
Weddle is also a graduate of Virginia Tech and currently works as a journalist for a South Florida station.