Argentine reporters attacked while covering protest for second time in 10 days

By Liliana Honorato

team of reporters was attacked during a demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while trying to cover a "pots and pans" protest in front of the Court Palace the night of Friday, June 1. The incident occurred just 10 days after the same reporting team was attacked by another group of protesters in the same place, reported the Argentine Association of Journalistic Entities.

The reporters of the TV program 6,7,8 on Public Television, Lucas Martínez, Sergio Louso, and Ezequiel Schneider, were insulted and beaten by protesters who ended up breaking the camera used for covering the protest, reported the newspaper Clarín.

More than 100 people gathered to protest against the government, reported the newspaper El Día. Some protesters said that the attack happened after the reporters called them Nazis, but the reporters said that they were attacked only because they belong to the state TV channel, according to the newspaper Diario La Nueva Provincia.

The attack against the reporters was criticized by many politicians and press entities that expressed solidarity with the reporters, according to the newspaper Los Andes. In a statement, the Argentine Journalism Forum said “may social peace be preserved above any political ideology and may journalistic work be respected persistently.”

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.