Aggression against Bolivian journalists on rise, report shows

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  • February 27, 2012

Bolivia's National Press Association (ANP in Spanish) documented 200 cases of aggression against journalists in Bolivia in 2011, reported the news website Clases de Periodismo.

A report from ANP's Freedom of Press and Expression Monitoring and Surveillance Unit shows that aggression against journalists is increasing and is not being investigated, explained the radio news agency FM Bolivia.

The report also shows that representatives from the government of the Bolivian president, Evo Morales, “have harshly criticized" journalists, government-related sectors, and MAS [Movement for Socialism], which has "overwhelmingly boiled over into violence against reporters, photographers, and camera operators,” according to the news channel Eju TV.

Bolivian journalists have rejected many of the laws that the country passed in the last three years, arguing that the measures have negatively affected press freedom in Bolivia, according to the Argentine newspaper La Gaceta.