Argentine broadcaster robbed on live radio while discussing urban crime

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  • November 17, 2010

By Maira Magro

Journalist Rodrigo Sepúlveda of Radio Nihuil in Mendoza, Argentina, was robbed and threatened by three armed men who stole his cell phone and wallet while he was broadcasting live on Tuesday from the La Gloria neighborhood, the newspaper Los Andes reports. Listeners could hear the incident live until the gunmen took the broadcaster's phone and turned it off.

Sepúlveda had been interviewing students at a bus stop and commenting about the lack of security in the region precisely when the robbery occurred, Contexto newspaper says. Colleagues reported through social networks that he was not injured.

Minutes after the robbery of Sepúlveda, journalist Carina Scandura of the same station had her belongings stolen while she was reporting about employees working at a brick factory in another neighborhood of greater Mendoza, Diario Uno adds.

See examples of other episodes in which broadcasters were robbed while they were on the air last year in Buenos Aires (Spanish) and another in Maceió, Brazil.

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.

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