(2/21/14) The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) join like-kind associations and our concerned/outraged members in the increasingly dangerous/deadly nationwide protests in Venezuela. NAHJ demands that police (and government authorities) exercise restraint and caution in dealing with protestors and the journalists covering the story which is garnering worldwide attention. Among the demands from demonstrators (largely economic and social) is freedom of speech. The persecution of journalists for doing their jobs is unacceptable. Any attempt to censor or control news coverage of the demonstrations will only inflame an already perilous situation. NAHJ stands with Venezuelan journalists and all journalists who are victimized by governments and others for covering stories in the public’s best interest. To exert control of the media is to asphyxiate a community. NAHJ will work with other journalism groups in demanding the Venezuelan government cease their heavy handed tactics in dealing with these protests.