Venezuelan journalist freed 8 days after kidnap

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Globovision journalist Nairobi Pinto hugs a colleague as she answers a reporter's question after a press conference following her release from a kidnapping in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pinto was freed eight days after she was kidnapped in the town of Cua in Miranda state, but it's not yet clear why she was seized. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Globovision journalist Nairobi Pinto arrives for a press conference with Interior Minister, Army Gen. Miguel Rodriguez Torres in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pinto was freed Monday in the town of Cua in Miranda state eight days after she was kidnapped, but it's not yet clear why she was seized. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Globovision journalist Nairobi Pinto gives a press conference following her release after being kidnapped in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pinto was freed Monday in the town of Cua in Miranda state eight days after she was kidnapped, but it's not yet clear why she was seized. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Globovision journalist Nairobi Pinto hugs a colleague as she answers a reporter's question after a press conference following her release from a kidnapping in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pinto was freed eight days after she was kidnapped in the town of Cua in Miranda state, but it's not yet clear why she was seized. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Globovision journalist Nairobi Pinto slips on a necklace decorated with an image of the Virgin Mary given to her by a colleague during a press conference following her release from a kidnapping in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pinto was freed eight days after she was kidnapped in the town of Cua in Miranda state, but it's not yet clear why she was seized. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Globovision journalist Nairobi Pinto speaks to the press following her release after being kidnapped in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 14, 2014. Pinto was freed Monday in the town of Cua in Miranda state eight days after she was kidnapped, but it's not yet clear why she was seized. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A colleague of Nairobi Pinto holds flowers as he arrives for a Mass in her honor at the Chiquinquira church in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 7, 2014. Nairobi Pinto's father, Luis Pinto, said Monday that his daughter was taken hostage Sunday afternoon at the entrance to the building where she lives. She is the chief of correspondents for the Globovision news channel and her whereabouts remain unknown. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A colleague of Nairobi Pinto holds flowers before the start of a Mass in her honor at the Chiquinquira church in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 7, 2014. Nairobi Pinto's father, Luis Pinto, said Monday that his daughter was taken hostage Sunday afternoon at the entrance to the building where she lives. She is the chief of correspondents for the Globovision news channel and her whereabouts remain unknown. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Colleagues of Nairobi Pinto speak prior a Mass in her honor at the Chiquinquira church in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 7, 2014. Nairobi Pinto's father, Luis Pinto, said Monday that his daughter was taken hostage Sunday afternoon at the entrance to the building where she lives. She is the chief of correspondents for the Globovision news channel and her whereabouts remain unknown. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A Venezuelan journalist was freed Monday, eight days after she was kidnapped by masked men in front of her house.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres told a news conference that 3,000 people had been hunting for Nairobi Pinto, chief correspondent for the Globovision television station, and "the police pressure played an important role" in prompting the captors to free her. He said nobody had been arrested and did not say if a ransom was paid.

Rodriguez Torres said officials have not wanted to speculate about a motive for the kidnapping, though he noted that Pinto is a university law student and member of a Christian group as well as being a journalist. While kidnapping for ransom is a widespread problem in Venezuela, Pinto's family said earlier they had received no messages from the abductors.

Pinto herself appeared briefly alongside the minister and said she could not identify her captors because her eyes were always covered.

"They treated me well. They never touched me, never mistreated me. I ate all three meals," she said.

She said she could not give more details for reasons of security.

Three armed men in masks seized Pinto in front of her house in Caracas on April 6 and she was freed at a hospital in the town of Cua, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the capital.

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