2008: Venezuela: Pierre Fould Gerges

Minister of Justice and the Interior
Sr. Ramón Rodríguez Chacín
Ministerio del Poder Popular para Relaciones Interiores y Justicia
Av. Urdaneta, Edif. Sede MIJ, Piso 1, Carmelitas, Caracas, Venezuela
Fax: +58 212 506 1557

Oslo, 5. August 2008

Dear Minister

I, as a member of Writers in Prison Committe of Norwegian PEN am shocked to hear about the murder of Pierre Fould Gerges, vice president of the Caracas daily Reporte Diario de la Economía,
I am seriously concerned that the murder, along with the threats reportedly received by other newspaper staff, including Gerges’ brother, suggest that the journalists in question have been targeted for exercising their internationally recognised right to freedom of expression and opinion
I am calling on the Venezuelan authorities to investigate these crimes as a matter of urgency and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Confident that You, Your Excellency, will take action accordingly, I remain,

Yours sincerely

Unni Malmø
member of Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN

Copies to:
Attorney General
Dra. Luisa Ortega Díaz
Fiscal General de la República
Fiscalía General de la República
Avda. México, Manduca a Pelelojo, Edif. Sede Fiscalía Geneal de la República, La Candelaria, Caracas, Venezuela
Fax: +58 212 509 8504

Ministry of Norwegian Foreign Affairs, Oslo, Norway

The Embassy of Venezuela in Norway
Drammensveien 82, Boks 2820 Solli, 0204 Oslo
Tlf: 22 43 06 60/22 43 01 65 – Faks: 22 43 14 E-post: venezuel@online.no

Real Embajada de Noruega en la República Bolivariana de Venezuela
Centro Lido
Piso 9, Ofic. 92-A
Avenida Francisco de Miranda
El Rosal, Caracas
Tel: (+58 212) 953 0269/0671/1973
Fax: (+58 212) 953 6877
Correo electrónico: emb.caracas@mfa.no