Journalist for online newspaper in Argentina beaten, shot in leg

Journalist Carlos Walker was beaten and shot in the legs on Friday, July 29, in Mar del Plata, in eastern Argentina, while he was photographing posters with political propaganda, reported TN.

Walker, 34 years old and news editor for the site 0223.com, was intercepted by two men on a motorcycle who grabbed his backpack, through him to the ground, kicked him and then shot him in the leg, explained Río Negro. In his backpack the journalist had his tape recorder and documents about a lawsuit he was investigating.

Although Walker, who was taken to a hospital but not in serious condition, was photographing posters for mayoral candidate Gustavo Pulti, robbery has not been ruled out as a motive, according to Online-911.

The Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish) condemned the attack and called on the local government to investigate the attack and guarantee Walker's physical safety.

In another episode in Argentina, journalist Leo Graciarena and graphic reporter Francisco Guillén, of the newspaper La Capital, were attack by armed individuals while investigating a poor settlement in the city of Rosario, La Capital said.

While the attackers fired at least three times, the bullets never left the gun, according to La Capital.