Bolivian government approves decree guaranteeing transportation for journalists working at night

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  • March 12, 2012

The Bolivian government approved a decree requiring media owners to guarantee transportation at night for journalists and other press workers, reported radio station FM Bolivia. The door-to-door transport is supposed to run from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The requirement comes after the Feb. 25 early-morning killing of two journalists on their way to work in the city of El Alto, explained the news site Terra. Most likely the killings were a common crime and not related to the journalistic work of siblings Verónica Peñasco Layme and Víctor Hugo Peñasco Layme, according to Reporters Without Borders.

After the killings, media workers marched toward Plaza Murillo, where the Bolivian Congress meets, demanding approval of a law for life insurance for journalists, reported JornadaNet.

If the new regulation is not met, companies will be fined the equivalent of how much a worker earns, according to the newspaper Los Tiempos.