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Venezuela court: news media should back up reports

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Public warnings by critics of Venezuela's government about possible pollution of drinking water has brought a court order that the country's news media must back up any reports on the subject with hard data.

The court's order has been condemned by a group of Venezuelan journalists and news media union leaders who say the measure announced Thursday is a violation of free speech.

The Prosecutor General's Office says the court issued an order stating news outlets should act responsibly when reporting on accusations of contaminated water.

The court says news reports on the subject should contain, in its words, "truthful technical support backed by a competent institution."

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