Editor of website in Mexico accuses local police of abuse of authority

A Mexican journalist filed a complaint against the director of the municipal police in the city of Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, holding him responsible for her injuries and abuse of authority, according to a report from the newspaper Milenio.

Carmen Olsen, editor of the website rosaritoenlanoticia.info, said that a police officer from the city near Tijuana injured her while trying to get her out of her vehicle from which she had been covering a police operation on Jan. 4, 2013. After his failed attempt, the police officer decided to tow the vehicle with the reporter still inside and later took her to the municipal police station where Director of Public Security Francisco Castro Trenti insulted and threatened her.

The official said the reporter burst in on a police operation and verbally attacked police officers, for which she may be charged with insulting and threatening authority, according the website Unirado Informa.

The organization Article 19 said that there is sufficient evidence to request precautionary measures to protect the journalist and file a complaint with the National Commission for Human Rights, according to Milenio.

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.