Alleged Chávez supporters attack Venezuelan journalists

Venezuela’s National Journalism Guild (CNP) condemned an attack against a press team with the Primero Justicia opposition political party by 40 people carrying state oil company identification, El Nacional reports.

Three journalists were attacked with water bottles, soft drink cans, rocks, and security cones in downtown Caracas, Globovisión explains. According to El Carabobeño, police intervened to protect the reporters, but they confiscated their equipment.

Journalists in the region have suffered increasing harassment for covering sensitive political issues, including recent cases of arrestsdeportationtear gas, and threats for covering protests.

In Venezuela, the CNP reports that a Globovisión reporter was wounded by the police while covering a recent protest. In Peru, two La República reporters, Manuel Berríos and María Eugenia Salas, were attacked by alleged mining protesters, and Américan Televisión correspondent Edwin Azaña was hit by fisherman while covering a confrontation.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.