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Students attempt to prevent distribution of regional paper

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 7 October 2008, more than 50 students from the University of Zulia stopped two buses that were going to distribute "Panorama", the newspaper with the largest readership in Maracaibo, western Venezuela, from leaving the warehouse for three hours. According to the students, the action was in protest against the unfair coverage given by the paper to the murder of the president of the university's Federation of Student Centers (Federación de Centros Universitarios, FCU), Julio Soto, who was shot to death recently by hired assassins.

Student leader, Wilfredo Ferrer, asked the newspaper to provide evidence supporting the accusations against Soto of managing a bank account worth millions, accrued by doing illegal business with students' transport fares, which are subsidized by the government. The victim had been linked to the case since 2003.

The newspaper's editor, Marinés Delgado, said that the paper only publishes information and condemned the students' attitude.

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