Reporters Without Borders calls for investigation into attacks on several journalists

first_img VenezuelaAmericas Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela VenezuelaAmericas News News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Venezuela August 25, 2020 Find out morecenter_img September 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls for investigation into attacks on several journalists to go further Reporters Without Borders has expressed concern over attacks on several journalistsduring recent pro- and anti-government demonstrations. In a letter addressedto Minister of the Interior and Justice Diosdado Cabello, the organisationhas asked that investigations be undertaken to shed light on these attacks.”It is worrying for press freedom in Venezuela that more and morejournalists are becoming the victims of intolerance,” stated Reporters Without Borders SecretaryGeneral Robert Ménard. “It is imperative that those responsible areidentified and brought to justice,” he added.On 9 September 2002, Carlos Eduardo Delgado, a camera operator for localtelevision station CMT, was struck while covering a demonstration bysupporters of President Hugo Chávez in Caracas. The demonstrators harassedmembers of the press, yelling “get out media sell-outs,” and calling ChannelCMT “imperialist and coup supporters.”Three days before, Aymara Lorenzo, of Globovisión TV, and Luisana Ríos, ofRCTV, were attacked while covering a clash between supporters and opponentsof President Chávez in front of the Fort Tiuna military base in Caracas.Various journalists were insulted by government supporters, who accused theTV stations of frequently criticising the government’s administration.Chávez supporters also criticised the TV station’s coverage of attemptedcoup against the president in April 2002. The TV stations did not show anyimages of the demonstrations supporting President Chávez after he wasremoved from power for 48 hours.On 5 September, journalist Vanessa Camargo of the public TV stationVenezolana de Televisión was threatened while covering a demonstrationagainst the government in La Guaira (in the state of Vargas, north ofCaracas). The demonstrators asked her to leave the area. They assaulted thereporter and the TV station’s camera operator, accusing them of favouringPresident Chávez, and damaged the news crew’s vehicle (see IFEX alert of 12September 2002.) New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News Receive email alerts January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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