Human Rights Commission expresses concern over threats to Dominican journalist

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  • August 11, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed “deep concern” over threats received by Fausto Rosario Adames, the editor of the now-closed newspapers Clave and Clave Digital, after he had published articles about drug trafficking.

Last week, Rosario Adames announced the closure of the publications and said he had been the target of an assassination attempt and he had received new death threats. Police tightened security, explained El Nuevo Diario.

The complaint has caused a stir in the Dominican Republic, and prompted calls for a rapid solution. "The mere possibility that a journalist feels his life is in danger for saying what he thinks, should be rejected by society and condemned by those who have the privilege of access to the media," wrote Oscar Medina in a column in Listín Diario.

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.