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Reporters Without Borders Calls for Dialogue with Venezuela

Reporters Without Borders is calling on Venezuela's government to discuss what it calls false accusations made by Venezuelan officials in response to recent criticism by the organization.

The Paris-based group says Venezuela's information ministry unfairly lashed out after it expressed concern about the recent detention of a Venezuelan journalist (Gustavo Azocar) on fraud and embezzlement charges.

The organization says the ministry responded by accusing Reporters Without Borders of being part of a psychological war campaign by the United States.

It says the ministry also said the group was paid by the U.S. government and secret services.

Reporters Without Borders denies both accusations and says it will continue to question governments on any issue it feels restricts press freedom.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.