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City employees punch Bolivian reporter

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  • January 24, 2011

By Maira Magro

Rosío Flores, a journalist for the newspaper El Diario, was beaten by employees of the city council in El Alto, in western Bolivia, El Diario reported.

Flores was investigating the allegations of extorsion levied against Councilwoman Verónica Méndez, of the party Movement for Socialism (MAS), when she began to be repeatedly photographed by two employees of the Council's legal commission, over which Méndez presides, according to FM Bolivia. The journalist asked them to stop taking her photo, resulting in her being punched in the left arm.

El Diario said it filed a complaint against the two agressors, identified as Jaime Maldonado and Enrique Chachaque. The Bolivian National Press Association condemned the aggression and asked the city of El Alto to prosecute the two employees, added Opinión.

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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