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Journalist arrested while covering protest in Chile

A Chilean journalist was arrested by police while covering a protest against the increase in public transportation fares in the capital city of Santiago, according to Terra.

The reporter was arrested with ten others while he was filming the protest, charged with “disorderly conduct,” and ultimately released after four hours, El Mostrador explains. Molina identified himself as a journalist, but police ignored him, reported Radio Cooperativa.

The president of Chile’s Journalists’ Guild, Marcelo Castillo, said he would present a formal complain to the government and called for the passage of the "Journalist Statute," which would “punish those who act to impede journalistic activity.”

According to Radio Bío Bío, several other journalists were also detained during the protest, but details about their identities and employers are not currently known.

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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