President Nicolas Maduro is accusing CNN and other international media of conspiring against Venezuela’s government by publishing what he calls false reports of a mysterious illness.
The head of the college of physicians in Maracay sounded an alarm last week after reporting that eight people had died of unknown causes hours after checking into a hospital with high fevers and blotches on their skin.
Authorities immediately accused the doctor of lying and said all causes of deaths had been determined. That didn’t stop Venezuelans from taking to social media to denounce the outbreak as an unknown epidemic.
The health scare has since cooled, but Maduro said Thursday that he won’t tolerate any “psychological terror” from CNN, the BBC, the Miami Herald or other media he accused of misreporting the deaths.