Venezuela shuts off CNN en Español after criticizing channel's passport-selling report

Venezuela's government has suspended CNN en Español, shutting off the Spanish-language news channel’s feed after it aired a report about fraudulent passports that drew angry criticism from officials.

The country's National Telecommunications Commission announced Wednesday that it initiated the "administrative sanction" because of news stories it considered "direct aggressions" against Venezuela.

It did not specifically mention the passport story, but earlier in the day other government officials held a news conference to dispute the CNN story.

CNN aired a report on Feb. 6 based on a whistle-blower's allegations that Venezuelan officials had been selling passports from the country's embassy in Iraq to people of Middle Eastern origin, including a few members of terrorist groups.

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