MIAMI, Florida (October 2, 2017)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today protested attacks on journalists in Argentina as they were carrying out their work and urged the authorities to identify, put on trial and punish those responsible for these violent acts.
Journalists of broadcast stations C5N, Canal América and Crónica TV were attacked yesterday by hooded assailants, according to pictures shot by news photographers who were at the scene. The attack occurred at the end of a march held in Buenos Aires over the disappearance two months ago of craftsman Santiago Maldonado in the Argentine province of Chubut. The assailants were chased off by the marchers.
In the city of El Bolsón, province of Río Negro, a team of journalists from Todo Noticias was also attacked.
The chairman of the IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Roberto Rock, condemned “the violent acts against the journalists who were at the place to cover a piece of news of national interest,” a reference to the case of Maldonado, whose whereabouts have been unknown since August 1 following a violent operation by the police to evict a Mapuche community in Chubut that the 28-year-old man supported.
After condemning yesterday’s violence Rock, director of the Mexican news portal La Silla Rota, reminded the authorities that aggression, intimidation, threats and destruction of journalists’ and media’s work tools restrict freedom of expression and should be investigated urgently and corresponding punishment should be applied, as set forth in the Declaration of Chapultepec and the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression, among other international treaties.
The IAPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere and is based in Miami, Florida.