Argentine journalist denounces attempted kidnapping of his son as part of effort to intimidate him

An Argentine journalist denounced the attempted kidnapping of his son after receiving various threats related to his work, reported Análisis. Sergio Schneider, editor in chief at the newspaper Norte in Resistencia, in the province of Chaco, in northeastern Argentina, filed a complaint May 27, in which he called the attempted kidnapping part of a plan to hurt his family because of his journalist work, added Norte.

The child was nearly forced into a car after leaving the school he attends in Resistencia on May 24. The individual trying to push him into the vehicle, however, was thwarted by the child's sister and some teachers, and then fled the area, Norte explained.

The Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish) demanded the authorities in Chaco to guarantee the safety of Schneider and his family, and called for an investigation into the "illegal action of persons guided by a thirst for intimidating journalists." FOPEA and Norte did not specify the content of the threats against Schneider, nor possible motives.

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.