Bolivian journalist charged with libel for stories about local officials

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  • March 17, 2011

By Ingrid Bachmann

Mario Caro, a reporter for Radio Kollasuyo, told Bolivia’s National Press Association (ANP) that the Potosí city prosecutor has charged him for allegedly libeling local authorities in his stories, ANP reports via IFEX.

Caro had aired allegations of mismanagement in the city’s environmental office, which officials in the department said represented defamation, the ANP explains. According to El Potosí, the journalist has evidence to back up his claims. “[The story] is the product of investigative journalism,” Caro said.

Journalism groups argue that based on Bolivian media law, Caro can only be tried in a “Press Court” and not a regular court.

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.