Information on whether Ms. Nelly Maria Gunter, a journalist for the El Nacional newspaper, was killed inside the presidential residence, La Casona, during the February 1992 coup attempt and on whether she was the only person killed at that time [VEN19305.E]

A representative of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Caracas, after conducting consultations and a search of reports about the treatment of journalists in Venezuela, stated in a telephone interview that no journalists were killed inside the presidential residence of La Casona during the February 1992 coup attempt or at any other moment in 1992 (5 Jan. 1995).

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find attached the list of additional sources consulted in researching this information request.


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Caracas. 5 January 1995. Telephone interview with representative.

Additional Sources Consulted

Americas Watch. October 1993. Human Rights in Venezuela. New York: Human Rights Watch.

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). 1992. Attacks on the Press 1992. New York: CPJ.

La lettre de Reporters sans frontières [Paris]. Monthly.

On-line searches.