- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 23, 2014

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is allowing CNN reporters to continue reporting in the country, just one day after he said they would be expelled.

Mr. Maduro had ordered CNN on Thursday to “rectify” the network’s coverage of the nation’s political protests, or else be banned from Venezuela.

“I know they want to stay in Venezuela. Do it. Cover Venezuela. Cover it in a balanced way,” he said. “When they call you and say report this, find a balance — a balance based on respect for Venezuelan laws. He who does not respect the laws will not be on Venezuelan airwaves.”

But on Friday, Mr. Maduro announced during a news conference that CNN journalists would be issued credentials to report within the country.

“It was a bizarre end to the news conference that saw Maduro call out CNN, Fox News and other U.S.-based media, claiming they encouraged opposition forces against the government,” CNN reported.

The network said it has repeatedly asked for a meeting with Venezuelan officials.

“CNN has reported both sides of the tense situation in Venezuela, even with very limited access to government officials,” CNN said in a Thursday statement. “We hope the government will reconsider its decision. Meanwhile, we will continue reporting on Venezuela in the fair, accurate and balanced manner we are known for.”