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Venezuela restores DW signal after outcry

Lewis Sanders IV
April 15, 2019

The Deutsche Welle broadcast signal is now available again without restrictions. Venezuela's telecommunications regulator had severed the connection in an apparent response to coverage of the crisis.

Satellite dishes at Deutsche Welle headquarters in Bonn, Germany
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Venezuelan telecommunications regulator Conatel on Monday appeared to have restored DW's broadcast signal after it was severed over the weekend.

"According to independent partners of DW in Venezuela, it is now available again without restrictions," said Deutsche Welle's press office.

DW's Director General Peter Limbourg had called on Conatel to return the broadcast signal of DW's Spanish-language channel to its cable network.

While services were blocked throughout the weekend, the German broadcaster's content was made available through other channels, including social media platforms and video-sharing services such as YouTube.

Read more: '2019 will go down as a year of liberation for Venezuela'

DW focuses on Venezuela

Germany's international broadcaster has responded to the crisis in Venezuela with a special show aired daily on its Spanish-language channel.

The show features up-to-date reporting, perspectives from DW correspondents, interviews and debates involving experts in Berlin, Bogota, Brussels, Moscow and Washington.

The first show featured an interview with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president, Juan Guaido.

Oil-rich Venezuela has been rocked by a crippling economic crisis under acting President Nicolas Maduro. The crisis has triggered a power struggle between Venezuela's opposition legislature National Assembly and Maduro's regime.

Germany has backed Guaido and called for Maduro to hold elections.

Read more: How millions of 'dirty dollars' were laundered out of Venezuela

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