Venezuelan authorities have released an American newspaper reporter they had detained two days earlier while he reported on the country's economic crisis. The Miami Herald said on its website that Jim Wyss was released from a detention facility in Caracas on Saturday and handed over to US embassy officials. Wyss, the newspaper's Andean bureau chief, was detained on Thursday by the National Guard in San Cristobal, a western city near the border with Colombia that is a hotbed for illegal transactions used to circumvent rigid currency controls. Throughout his detention, Venezuelan authorities never said why Wyss was being held or whether he was facing charges. Nor did President Nicolas Maduro, an outspoken critic of the United States, mention the case during a four-hour televised speech on Friday night. Journalists have encountered harassment before while reporting on the South American country's economic crisis. Recently, three reporters for Caracas newspaper Diario 2001 were detained, and one allegedly beaten by police, after witnessing a group of frenzied shoppers break through a barricade to receive a government-provided Christmas food basket.