Venezuela blocks access to dollar-tracking website

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuela's government is blocking access to popular websites that track the value of the currency on the black market.

Clients of some of Venezuela's biggest internet service providers were unable to access websites including www.dolartoday.com and www.tucadivi.com.

President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday vowed to take down seven dollar-tracking websites he accused of spreading panic and fueling an opposition-led "economic war" against his government. In recent weeks, the value of the greenback on the black market has shot up to nine times its official value.

Www.dolartoday.com is one of Venezuela's most popular websites, with daily traffic exceeding that of the Cadivi government agency charged with administering the nation's dollars, according to rankings by Alexa, a subsidiary of Amazon.com that tracks web traffic.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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