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German broadcaster says taken off-air in Venezuela

AFP  |  Berlin 

German broadcaster said Sunday it has been taken off-air by Venezuelan authorities, but vowed to keep beaming its to the crisis-hit South American country's viewers.

"The Venezuelan broadcasting authority Conatel has removed from the the broadcasting signal of Deutsche Welle's Spanish language television channel," said the German station in a statement.

The of urged Venezuelan authorities to reinstate the signal.

Limbourg said the broadcaster will keep transmitting its programmes, particularly those focusing on the situation in Venezuela, on and Deutsche Welle's YouTube channel.

"We will of course continue to do everything to inform our viewers and users in Venezuela," said Limbourg.

said it reaches 17 million viewers every week with its 24-hour TV channel in

Viewers appeared to show interest not only in reports about Venezuela, but also in the reaction from and Europe, said the broadcaster.

It noted that a video on about Angela Merkel's call for new elections in was viewed 112,000 times.

counts among more than 50 which have voiced backing for as of the economically-devastated country, to the anger of

last month expelled Germany's over Berlin's stance.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 18:50 IST